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FROM THE EDITORS VIRTUAL DESK
Hi everyone, well last week was a bumper week for VMware releases including the GA Release of VMware vSphere 6.7 including:

  • vCenter Server
  • vCenter Server Appliance
  • VMware Update Manager
  • VMware ESXi

For our 20th anniversary VMware launches their most secure, efficient and ground-breaking virtualization platform, vSphere 6.7.

Product Overview
Simple and Efficient Management, at Scale vSphere 6.7 delivers an exceptional experience for the user with an enhanced vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA). It introduces several new APIs that improve the efficiency and experience to deploy vCenter, to deploy multiple vCenters based on a template, to make management of vCenter Server Appliance significantly easier, as well as for backup and restore.

Simplifying the vCenter Server topology through vCenter with embedded platform services controller in enhanced linked mode

vSphere 6.7 vCSA delivers phenomenal performance improvements (all metrics compared at cluster scale limits, versus vSphere 6.5):

  • 2X faster performance in vCenter operations per second
  • 3X reduction in memory usage
  • 3X faster DRS-related operations (e.g. power-on virtual machine)
  • Speed up host reboots with vSphere Quick Reboot
  • PMEM for DRAM-like speeds at flash-like prices
  • TPM 2.0 and enhanced vSphere Encryption
  • Embedded vROps Dashboards
  • Embedded PSC & Certificate Management UIs
  • Nvidia Grid GPU sharing for non-VDI workloads

And much more…

Lots more info on the vSphere blogs page.

TAM CUSTOMER WEBINAR - vSPHERE 6.7!
Registration link: https://vmware.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8e01B8TNT1utREL2gbYqfA

May 2018 - vSphere 6.7
Date: Thursday, May 17th
Time: 11:00am EST/ 10:00am CST/ 8:00am PST
Duration: 1.5 Hour

Synopsis:
Please join us Thursday, May 17th as Adam Eckerle dives into what’s new in the recent vSphere 6.7 release. vSphere 6.7 provides an efficient and secure platform for your hybrid cloud. Join Adam as he provides a closer look at how vSphere 6.7 delivers efficient management at scale, platform security, enhances even more applications, and lays the foundation for a seamless hybrid cloud.

Guest speakers:
Adam Eckerle manages the vSphere Technical Marketing team in the Cloud Platform Business Unit at VMware. This team is responsible for vSphere launch, enablement, and ongoing content generation for the VMware field, Partners, and Customers. In addition, Adam’s team is also focused on preparing Customers and Partners for vSphere upgrades through workshops, VMUGs, and other events


Ready to upgrade, want more info, discuss with your TAM today and start enjoying the benefits of the latest features in vSphere 6.7.

Virtually Yours
VMware TAM Team

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NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE
VMware Radius

VMware Open Source Blog

  • Introducing: OVSDB Client Library Open Source Project
    The OVSDB Client Library (short for Open vSwitch Database) open source project recently released on GitHub by VMware’s NSX team enables simple interaction with an OVSDB server. This is a schema-independent OVSDB Java client compatible with the  OVSDB Management Protocol (RFC 7047). Where to Use It O...
  • If Software Is Change, Then Well-Written Commit Messages Are the Key
    You might assume that at the heart of software lies code, but as I argued here last year, I think it’s something else: change. After all, everything we do as developers can be boiled down to creating some kind of change. And the software components that most of us work with are changes, not files. ...
  • VMware’s Alex Ellis Talks Serverless, OpenFaaS and Open Source at DevNet
    As the founder of OpenFaaS and a freshly minted member of VMware’s Open Source Technology Center (OSTC), Alex Ellis was the perfect candidate to discuss all things serverless and open source at this year’s Cisco DevNet Create 2018. This two-day, hands-on developer conference, now in its second year ...

VMware vSphere Blog

  • Upgrade Considerations for VMware vSphere 6.7
    Upgrading to VMware vSphere 6.7 With the recent excitement of vSphere 6.7 being released to the public, it’s only natural that a lot of discussion has revolved around upgrades. How do we upgrade, or even why should we upgrade have been the most popular questions recently. In this post I will cover ...
  • vSphere and VMware Cloud on AWS at Dell Technologies World 2018
    Are you planning to attend Dell Technologies World this year? So is the vSphere team! We’re excited to be part of the show, and to talk about all the ways the latest version of vSphere can help you support the demands of your business customers. Do you have questions? We would love to meet with you ...
  • Introducing VMware vSphere 6.7!
    We are excited to share that today VMware is announcing vSphere 6.7, the latest release of the industry-leading virtualization and cloud platform. vSphere 6.7 is the efficient and secure platform for hybrid clouds, fueling digital transformation by delivering simple and efficient management at scale...

Network Virtualization

  • Boston Medical Center Secures Electronic Patient Records with VMware NSX
      Boston City Hospital and Boston University Medical Center Hospital merged in 1996 to form Boston Medical Center (BMC).  This 497-bed teaching hospital in the South End of Boston provides primary and critical care to a diverse population and houses the largest Level 1 trauma center in New Englan...
  • Micro-segmentation Starter Kit
    Traditional security solutions are designed to protect the perimeter.  As applications and data are becoming increasingly distributed, they are often spanning not only multiple sites, but also multiple clouds.  This is making it harder to identify where the perimeter actually is in order to secure i...
  • Two-Factor Authentication with VMware NSX-T
    In a previous post, I covered how to integrate NSX-T with VMware Identity Manager (vIDM) to achieve remote user authentication and role-based access control (RBAC) for users registered with a corporate Active Directory (AD).   On this post, I’m showing how add two-factor authentication (2FA) for N...

VMware Cloud Management

  • vRealize Operations within vCenter Plugin
    With the release of the latest version of vCenter 6.7 there is a new capability to help achieve self-driving operations from within your vCenter environment with vRealize Operations being at it’s core. This is the new vRealize Operations within vCenter plugin which provides 6 new dashboards directly...
  • Real-time Capacity Management in vRealize Operations 6.7
    With the release of vRealize Operations 6.7 there are some fundamental changes to the way we look at capacity management. These came about because customers are more and more looking at real-time capacity management to deal with what is happening now. That is not to say that what we plan for in the ...
  • vRealize Operations and vSAN licensing with new 6.7 release
    vRealize Operations and vSAN Licensing Details I will be covering who gets what in terms of licensing for vRealize Operations, vSAN, and joint customers with the launch of vRealize Operations 6.7 and vSAN 6.7. VMware recently announced the launch of vRealize Operations within vCenter.   vRealize ...

Cloud-Native Apps

  • Spring is in the air. Join VMware at the Boston Cloud Foundry Summit!
    The Boston Cloud Foundry Summit kicks off on April 18 with the Cloud Foundry User Day. Organized as an unconference, this is the meeting place for Cloud Foundry users to share ideas, best practices and lessons learned. All Cloud Foundry users and prospective users are invited to attend! VMware will...
  • Hello, Kubernetes 1.10
    By Vladimir Vivien, Staff Engineer and Clint Kitson, Director Open Source Engineering Kubernetes 1.10 is out! This release continues to move important features through the alpha, beta and stable feature gates. Speaking of milestones, did you notice that the CNCF Technical Oversight Committee voted ...
  • Upcoming SREcon Features Cloud-Native Sessions
    Too many unreliable systems in your life? Take note of what’s happening at SREcon, an industry conference for site reliability engineers brought to you by USENIX, the Advanced Computing Systems Association, which has been bringing together the community of engineers and systems administrators around...

VMware End-User Computing Blog

  • [Video] Windows Update Management Using Workspace ONE
    When it comes to managing Windows patches, Workspace ONE Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) takes a modern, cloud-first approach. Windows Update Management using Workspace ONE delivers updates on a frequent and dynamic basis. This ensures end users always have access to up-to-date operating system fe...
  • Workspace ONE Spring Highlights: Here is What You Missed
    We have made it out of winter and into springtime. Spring generally means new beginnings – new things being born and regrowth. Spring is also a time of new things for us over at EUC. Many of you have seen the news on our launch of the new Workspace ONE Intelligence-Driven Digital Workspace. In addit...
  • VMware Collaborates with AetherPal to Deliver Leading Advanced Remote Management Solution
    Over the past year, VMware has been working closely with AetherPal, the market leader in mobile support, to provide Advanced Remote Management for customers and, today, we’re excited to announce our collaboration. Our work with AetherPal demonstrates our continued commitment to non-traditional endpo...

The Support Insider

  • New KB articles published for week ending 15th April 2018
    vRealize Automation End of Availability of vRealize Code Stream Management Pack for IT DevOps Date Published: 2018/04/12 Automatic update fails after updating the vRA Site Certificate on appliance from self-signed to CA-signed Date Published: 2018/04/11 Items in vRA show now fields after the vCAC CA...
  • New KB articles published for week ending 8th April 2018
    VMware vRealize Operations Manager Horizon Dashboards display “No Data” in vRealize Operations Manager 6.x. Date Published: 2018/04/03 VMware SDDC Manager VMware Cloud Foundation update for environments upgraded from 2.1.x to 2.3.x Date Published: 2018/04/05 VMware Cloud Foundation update for enviro...
  • Top 20 vSAN articles for March 2018
    Component metadata health check fails with invalid state error Best practices for vSAN implementations using Dell PERC H730 or FD332-PERC storage controllers vSAN Build Recommendation Engine Health fails Status of TLSv1.1/1.2 Enablement and TLSv1.0 Disablement across VMware products “The ramdisk “v...
  • Top 20 NSX articles for March 2018
    Guest Introspection memory usage spikes to 90+% or you see the error: “Lost communication with ESX module” in NSX-V 6.2.x and 6.3.x Deploying NSX Controller fails in NSX-v 6.3.3 and 6.3.4 Troubleshooting vShield Endpoint / NSX Guest Introspection ESXi 5.5 and 6.0 hosts fail with a PSOD: VMCIEventDe...
  • Top 20 vSphere articles for March 2018
    vCenter Appliance root Partition 100% full due to Audit.log files not being rotated “invalid credentials LDAP Error 49” error when starting Inventory Services in vCenter Server 6.x Important information before upgrading to vSphere 6.5 Unable to log in to the root account of vCenter Server Appliance...

Cloud Foundation

  • Patching Made Easy with VMware Cloud Foundation
    A common challenge faced by every IT department is keeping up with the inevitable and never-ending flow of software updates. This becomes even more critical in a modern Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC), where compute, network and storage virtualization are interwoven into a unified data center fa...
  • VMware Cloud Foundation Architecture Poster 2.3
    VMware is pleased to release the latest VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) architecture poster. VCF is a fully automated, hyper-converged software stack that includes compute, storage, networking and cloud management. Because VCF has so many tightly integrated products, it is important to understand the ...
  • HPE Synergy and VMware Cloud Foundation – now certified
    Author Bhumik Patel – Technical Alliances, VMware @bhumikp   Introduction: As customers leverage VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) to provide integrated Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) & cloud management services for running enterprise applications, it becomes critical to rely on an underlying pl...

 

EXTERNAL NEWS FROM 3RD PARTY BLOGGERS VMGuru

  • Managing Puppet code with a source control repository
    Last couple of months I’ve been working closely with Puppet. I wrote some blogs about it, recorded a VMware vRA Expert Talk video and had two successful events in the Netherlands where I presented and demo’ed the Puppet Enterprise integration with VMware vRealize Automation. For... The ...
  • VMware NSX & OTRS – Automating Security with Help Desk Systems
    Over the last couple of months, Sander, Anne Jan and I have been working on a security whitepaper that lays out a practical implementation of zero trust while interfacing with a helpdesk system. In this case, OTRS. It’s all about how engineers can get access... The post VMware NSX & OTRS...
  • vExpert 2018 Announcement – All VMGurus now vExperts
    The VMware Social team announced the vExpert class of 2018 yesterday. With the acceptance of Dimitri into the vExpert program, I’m proud to say that all the VMGurus are now vExperts: vExpert Directory Some crazier than others, Erik has been a vExpert for a decade... The post vExpert 2018 Anno...
  • Deploying VeloCloud on VMware vSphere
    Hopefully you’ve heard the good news that VMware has acquired VeloCloud, including SD-WAN into the software-defined portfolio. This is especially exciting to me, as I get to branch out a little more into the WAN space, being in the Networking & Security BU. For me,... The post Deploying V...
  • PowervRNI is now on PowerShell Gallery
    PowerShell is about making things easy and consumable. Same goes for PowervRNI, making repetitive tasks in vRealize Network Insight easier and make it possible to extract information from vRNI. It’s not that easy to load a custom module into PowerShell though, you have to download... The post...

virtuallyGhetto

  • New vSphere 6.7 APIs worth checking out
    Below are just a few of the new vSphere 6.7 SOAP and REST APIs that have been added or enhanced which I think will be quite useful for customers to be aware of while they start to plan for their vSphere 6.7 upgrades. For a complete list of new vSphere 6.7 (SOAP based) APIs, check out the vSphere [&#...
  • Nested ESXi 6.7 Virtual Appliance Updates
    I know many of you have been pinging me the last couple of days for an updated Nested ESXi 6.7 Virtual Appliance and I have just finished my strict quality control process    The only minor change with the 6.7 appliance is the VM is now configured with EFI Firmware, where as in the past […]...
  • All vSphere 6.7 release notes & download links
    vSphere 6.7 has officially GA'ed! Below is an aggregation of all the related release notes and downloads for this vSphere release. I have also created a short URL which you can use to access this exact same page using vmwa.re/vsphere67 Note: Not all links are live yet, but they should be available l...
  • New VMware Configuration Maximum Tool
    VMware has just released a new web-based tool that will enable customers to easily view and compare product configuration maximums across different VMware product versions. You can access the easy to remember URL by going to: https://configmax.vmware.com In this first release of this tool, customers...
  • Getting started with VMware Pivotal Container Service (PKS) Part 7: Harbor
    Now that we have a functional PKS deployment, an optional but very useful add-on to deploy and integrate with PKS is the VMware Harbor solution. Harbor is an Enterprise-class container registry that customers can run within their own Datacenter to securely store and provide access to container image...

ESX Virtualization

  • Install and Configure VMware vCSA 6.7
    This is a lab deployment of VMware vCSA 6.7. As you might notice, a few days ago we had a series of posts on VMware vSphere 6.7 which has just been announced and released the same day (a miracle?). Yeah, we downloaded the bits so it’s a lab time today to put things in works. vSphere […] Read t...
  • Containers with Hyper-V Guy – Ask Me Anything (AMA) Webinar
    One of our partners, Altaro, asked me to post about an upcoming webinar. Normally I avoid doing it but this time you might actually be interested in it’s with “Hyper-V guy” – Ben Armstrong. I’ve had an occasion to chat with him a little bit during VeeamON US last year, on Microsoft’s stand. The webi...
  • VMware vSphere 6.7 Security Features
    VMware vSphere 6.7 has been announced today by VMware. In this post, we will focus on VMware vSphere 6.7 Security Features. As you might imagine, VMware has worked hard to bring new security features in order to secure further VMware infrastructures. Also, there will be some information about Virtua...
  • VMware vSphere 6.7 Announced – vCSA 6.7
    VMware vSphere 6.7 announced today by VMware. It’s a major release of vSphere since a long time. The previous vSphere 6.5 release was over a year ago, back in October 2016. In this post, we will focus on VMware vCSA 6.7 – vCenter Server Appliance.  VMware vSAN 6.7 announce has been covered in a sepa...
  • VMware vSphere 6.7 and Enterprise Apps
    VMware vSphere 6.7 has been announced today. It is a major VMware vSphere release. Many new features, an evolution of the H5 client (HTML5), which covers about 90% of available functions. In this post, we will talk about interesting new features present in vSphere 6.7 which brings more performance, ...

CormacHogan.com

  • Technical Support Summit 2018
    Troubleshoot with the experts Next month will see the next technical support summit, which will be held in Cork, Ireland. This is a jam-packed 2-day event which will see our lead technical support engineers in EMEA deliver deep-dive technical troubleshooting workshops to attendees.  This has somethi...
  • What’s in the vSphere and vSAN 6.7 release?
    Today VMware unveils vSphere version 6.7, which also includes a new version of vSAN. In this post, I am going to highlight some of the big-ticket items that are in vSphere 6.7 from a core storage perspective, and also some of the new feature that you will find in vSAN 6.7. I’ll also cover some of th...
  • First Steps with NSX-T Edge – DHCP server
    Now that we have an overlay network deployed, its time to turn our attention to the NSX-T Edge, and get it to do something useful for us. A NSX-T Edge can do many useful things for you (Routing, NAT’ing, etc). But I really want to keep things as simple as possible, so I will deploy my NSX-T Edge to ...
  • Building a simple ESXi host overlay network with NSX-T
    I’ve recently begun to look at NSX-T. My long-term goal is to use it to enable me to build multiple Kubernetes clusters used PKS, the Pivotal Container Service. The hope is then to look at some cool storage related items with Kubernetes. But first things first. Kudos to both Sam McGeown and William ...
  • Getting started with Cloudera Hadoop on vSphere
    This past week, my buddy Paudie and I have been neck-deep in Cloudera/Hadoop, with a view to getting it successfully deployed on vSphere. The purpose of this was solely a learning exercise, to try to understand what operational considerations need to be taking into account when running Hadoop on top...

Scott's Weblog

  • List of Kubernetes Folks on Twitter
    Earlier this morning, I asked on Twitter about good individuals to follow on Twitter for Kubernetes information. I received quite a few good responses (thank you!), and I though it might be useful to share the list of the folks that were recommended across all those responses. The list I’ve c...
  • Review: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
    As part of the transition into my new role at Heptio (see here for more information), I had to select a new corporate laptop. Given that my last attempt at running Linux full-time was thwarted due primarily to work-specific collaboration issues that would no longer apply (see here), and given that o...
  • The Future is Containerized
    Last week I announced my departure from VMware, and my intention to step away from VMware’s products and platforms to focus on a new technology area moving forward. Today marks the “official” start of a journey that’s been building for a couple years, a journey that will take...
  • Technology Short Take 97
    Welcome to Technology Short Take 97! This Tech Short Take marks the end of an era (sort of); it’s the last Tech Short Take published while I’m a VMware employee (today is my last day; see here for more details). But enough about me—let’s talk some tech! This Short Take may be...
  • Time to Evolve
    I first started getting into VMware around 2003, possibly earlier (I can’t recall exactly when it was). I remember thinking that VMware’s impact on the industry was going to be significant, and I wanted to be part of this industry change. I was right—virtualization like what VMware...

Welcome to vSphere-land!

  • Top vBlog 2018 starting soon, make sure your site is included
    I’ll be kicking off Top vBlog 2018 very soon and my vLaunchPad website is the source for the blogs included in the Top vBlog voting each year so please take a moment and make sure your blog is listed.  Every year I get emails from bloggers after the voting starts wanting to be added but … Con...
  • Configuration maximum changes in vSphere 6.7
    A comparison using the Configuration Maximum tool for vSphere shows the following changes between vSphere 6.5 & 6.7. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]...
  • Important information to know before upgrading to vSphere 6.7
    vSphere 6.7 is here and with support for vSphere 5.5 ending soon (Sept.) many people will be considering upgrading to it. Before you rush in though there is some important information about this release that you should be aware of. First let’s talk upgrade paths, you can’t just upgrade f...
  • vSphere 6.7 Link-O-Rama
    Your complete guide to all the essential vSphere 6.7 links from all over the VMware universe. Bookmark this page and keep checking back as it will continue to grow as new links are added everyday. Also be sure and check out the Planet vSphere-land feed for all the latest blog posts from the Top 100 ...
  • Summary of What’s New in vSphere 6.7
    Today VMware announced vSphere 6.7 coming almost a year and a half after the release of vSphere 6.5. Doesn’t look like the download is quite available yet but it should be shortly. Below is the What’s New document from the Release Candidate that summarizes most of the big things new in t...

Virtual Geek

  • Its time for change, and change = renewed invention, renewed vigor, renewed discovery.
    I’m going to make this a two-part post. Part 1 = what is in the rear-view window? Part 2 = what’s out the front windshield? Part 1: CPSD and Dell EMC are in my rear-view window. First, while want to close the chapter behind me - it’s a flawed analogy, because it suggests some sort of “finality”. ...
  • The best athletes (and VxBlock 1000) = faster, higher, stronger!
    In watching the Olympics, it’s amazing to see athletes doing amazing things – frankly it’s inspiring. Sometimes it’s a new star rising – something new (amazing Chloe Kim!) .   Sometimes it’s a veteran pulling a “Michael Phelps” – producing every 4 years (see Dutch speed skater Sven Kramer). I’m not...
  • What a start to the year...
    It's been a crazy couple days on a couple fronts, but the most material front has certainly been Spectre and Meltdown. There are lots of sources, and the trick is that while distinctly the root cause lies in the CPU domain and with the CPU manufacturers- the impact touches nearly everything. It's b...
  • To allTHANK YOU for 2017, and lets dream of 2018!
    To all my readers, all our customers and partners, all my colleagues, all my friends – heck my competitors, thank you for everything in 2017.   It was a year filled with change for me in the middle of a massive integration through the Dell acquisition – with a ton of learning, a ton of personal d...
  • Looking forward to 2018: Vertical Stack Wars are upon us.
    This is part 3 of a 3-part blog series on things that I’m thinking about going into 2018. Warning – remember, Virtual Geek post are my musings, not an official company position.   They are officially my opinions – which means they aren’t worth more than 2 cents.  They aren’t authored by anyone...

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Virten.net

  • VMware ESXi 3.5 - 6.7 Hypervisor Size Comparison
    The VMware bare-metal hypervisor ESXi is in the market for over 10 years now. During that time it has been continuously refined and added with new features. Since vSphere 5.0, the hypervisor size is very constant and has not increased severely. In this …Read more »...
  • VMware ESXi 6.7 - ESXCLI Command Reference
    ESXCLI is a powerful command line tool on an ESXi host. You may need it for troubleshooting, configuration or for automated ESXi installations by using a kickstart file. I'm having an esxcli command line reference on my desktop since vSphere 5.x …Read more »...
  • New ESXCLI Commands in vSphere 6.7
    In vSphere 6.7 the command line interface esxcli has been extended with new features. This post introduces the new and extended namespaces. Quick Summary 62 new ESXCLI commands including: 3 Device 6 Hardware 1 iSCSI 14 Network 14 NVMe 2 …Read more »...
  • VMware vSphere 6.7 introduces Skylake EVC Mode
    To simplify vMotion across CPU generations VMware has introduced Enhanced vMotion Compatibility (EVC). EVC automatically configures server CPUs with Intel FlexMigration or AMD-V Extended Migration technologies to be compatible with older servers. In vSphere 6.7 a now EVC mode has …Read more &#...
  • VMware vSphere 6.7 Download Links Available
    Today VMware made vSphere 6.7 bits available for everyone to download. VMware vSphere 6.7 is now GA. VMware vSphere 6.7 Release Notes and Download Links VMware vCenter Server 6.7 [Release Notes] [Download] VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.7 [Release Notes] [Download] VMware vSphere Replication 8.1...

vInfrastructure Blog

  • VMware vSphere 6.7 scalability
    The new VMware vSphere 6.7, recently available in GA, increase all configuration maximums to new limits (compared to the v6.5 and previous versions). Maybe we can say with no limit, or at least, to be serious, with really huge numbers compared to the actual needs and the existing compunting power. T...
  • It’s time to upgrade from vSphere 5.5 to 6.5
    There are only 5 months until VMware vSphere 5.5 will go End of Support, that will mean no more updates and possible limited support from VMware. The End of General Support for vSphere 5.5 is September 19, 2018. To maintain your full level of support and subscription services, VMware recommends upgr...
  • VMware vForum Online 2018
    VMware vForum Online provides expert insight that can help drive innovation for your organization. It’s a must-attend event for IT professionals who are driving their digital transformation and building a hyper-converged IT infrastructure. It includes virtual exhibits, a keynote presentation, ...
  • VMware vSAN 6.7
    Just one year ago, VMware has announced vSAN 6.6… now it’s the turn of vSAN 6.7, contextually of the release of vSphere 6.7 GA. VMware vSAN is the VMware’s Software Defined Storage (SDS) solution that also fits in the hyper(visor)-converged model to build a simple (to be managed) a...
  • VMware vSphere 6.7 is GA
    VMware has just released the new version of vSphere 6.7 that includes ESXi 6.7 and vCenter Server 6.7, and, of course, it’s the foundation for vSAN 6.7! There are several news, improvements and new features. Most are well described in the vSphere 7.6 launch page. Like usual, scalability has be...

 

 

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FROM THE EDITORS VIRTUAL DESK
Hi everyone and welcome to another feature packed TAM Newsletter. Do you know that VMware has a large Open Source presence on Github? Take a look at https://vmware.github.io and you will find all of our Open Source Software projects for you to browse, contribute to and download. One of my favorites is the Clarity Design System. This is a full HTML and CSS framework for building experiences. It is provided as Open Source and is a very active project with many releases which you can follow on Twitter @VMwareClarity.

I hope you find these useful and urge you to take a look at the catalog at https://vmware.github.io.

I wish you all a fantastic week ahead.

Virtually Yours
VMware TAM Team

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NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE

VMware Radius

  • VMware Cloud Providers Put Hybrid Cloud Benefits Within Easy Reach
    Over a half million organizations worldwide run their IT infrastructure with VMware technologies. To accelerate their transition to the hybrid cloud, VMware partners with over 4,100 top cloud providers across more than 110 countries, including IBM. The vast number of companies already running the V...
  • Best Employers 2018: VMware Named #21 by Forbes
    Where are the Best Places to Work? Each year, Forbes partners with market research company Statista to poll 30,000 U.S. employees. With this data, the companies compile a country-wide ranking of the best employers of 2018. This year, VMware is excited to announce that the company ranks #21 on Forbe...
  • Next Major Cloud Markets Could Be Least Expected
    Duncan Hewett, senior vice president and general manager for VMware in Asia Pacific and Japan, shares his insights from on the ground. As organizations in developing countries leapfrog to advanced technologies, conditions are ripening for nascent markets to surge ahead with the cloud. Today’s deve...

VMware Open Source Blog

  • VMware’s Dirk Hohndel on Why the Crux of Open Source Is Always People
    KubeCon EU took Copenhagen by storm last week, and VMware was on-hand to display many of our open source projects and hold a week-long series of open source office hours that attracted many KubeCon attendees. Of particular note, VMware Chief Open Source Officer Dirk Hohndel delivered a keynote addre...
  • Announcing the IoT Analytics Benchmark
    By Dave Jaffe, performance engineering, VMware Now available from VMware, the IoT Analytics Benchmark is a simulation of data analytics being performed in real-time on an Internet of Things data stream (i.e. factory machines being monitored for impending failure conditions) using a machine learning ...
  • Why Network Segmentation Leads to an Overall More Secure Home Network
    We are living at the start of a golden age of computing. Prices have plummeted on computational costs, it’s gotten much simpler to build electronic devices and we’re almost at the point where simple sensors and some compute are disposable. Just look at your favorite retailer for proof of all the thi...

VMware vSphere Blog

  • Upgrade Considerations for VMware vSphere 6.7
    Upgrading to VMware vSphere 6.7 With the recent excitement of vSphere 6.7 being released to the public, it’s only natural that a lot of discussion has revolved around upgrades. How do we upgrade, or even why should we upgrade have been the most popular questions recently. In this post I will cover ...
  • vSphere and VMware Cloud on AWS at Dell Technologies World 2018
    Are you planning to attend Dell Technologies World this year? So is the vSphere team! We’re excited to be part of the show, and to talk about all the ways the latest version of vSphere can help you support the demands of your business customers. Do you have questions? We would love to meet with you ...
  • Introducing VMware vSphere 6.7!
    We are excited to share that today VMware is announcing vSphere 6.7, the latest release of the industry-leading virtualization and cloud platform. vSphere 6.7 is the efficient and secure platform for hybrid clouds, fueling digital transformation by delivering simple and efficient management at scale...

Network Virtualization

  • Boston Medical Center Secures Electronic Patient Records with VMware NSX
      Boston City Hospital and Boston University Medical Center Hospital merged in 1996 to form Boston Medical Center (BMC).  This 497-bed teaching hospital in the South End of Boston provides primary and critical care to a diverse population and houses the largest Level 1 trauma center in New Englan...
  • Micro-segmentation Starter Kit
    Traditional security solutions are designed to protect the perimeter.  As applications and data are becoming increasingly distributed, they are often spanning not only multiple sites, but also multiple clouds.  This is making it harder to identify where the perimeter actually is in order to secure i...
  • Two-Factor Authentication with VMware NSX-T
    In a previous post, I covered how to integrate NSX-T with VMware Identity Manager (vIDM) to achieve remote user authentication and role-based access control (RBAC) for users registered with a corporate Active Directory (AD).   On this post, I’m showing how add two-factor authentication (2FA) for N...

VMware Cloud Management

  • May 16th Webinar: More Usability Improvements of vRealize Automation and vRealize Life Cycle Manager
    On May 16th, we will be hosting another Getting More Out of VMware webinar. The webinar is designed for Cloud Administrators and VI Administrators who leverage vRealize Suite products, such as vRealize Automation,  to run their virtual infrastructure and cloud environment. It will be a great opportu...
  • Decision Driven Provisioning with Anything as a Service (XaaS)
    Decision Driven Provisioning with XaaS To me, the power of vRealize Automation has always been how easy it is to take square pegs and fit them into round holes. Generally this capability comes in the form of leveraging “Anything as a Service”, also known as XaaS. XaaS allows you to take any vRealiz...
  • Customizing request forms using the new Custom Forms
    Custom Forms is a new future in vRA 7.4. They give you the opportunity to redesign and apply a new look and fill for vRA forms. They provide a rich set of features, such as the ability to re-order the components in the form, many different types of field validations, the ability to use generic compo...

Cloud-Native Apps

VMware End-User Computing Blog

  • A Sneak-peek at App Volumes 2.14
    App Volumes 2.14 In App Volumes 2.14, we are delivering innovation in three key areas: Improved security Volume attachment performance for improved user experience User data management In addition, starting with this current release, App Volumes will support Windows 10 Semi-Annual Channel (...
  • Announcing a More Secure, Productive Experience Across VMware Boxer and Office 365
    If you read the EUC blog regularly, you’re probably already aware that the Workspace ONE platform supports a wealth of integrations across platforms, devices, security, apps, identity and more. Today, I’m excited to announce a new solution that bridges the security and experience of the Workspace ON...
  • What’s New with Horizon 7 – VMWare Cloud on AWS, JMP Workflow, and More!
    We’re excited to announce Horizon 7.5 – with this release we continue to raise the bar for management simplicity. Customers rely on Horizon 7 for large-scale deployments of virtual desktops and applications in the enterprise, making management simplicity very important – it means less time and expen...

The Support Insider

  • New KB articles published for week ending 6th May 2018
    VMware vRealize Operations Manager Unable to select virtual distributed switch port groups while deploying vRealize Operations Manager through the plugin UI in vCenter Date Published: 2018/04/30 Cassandra corrupted system schema files in vRealize Operations Manager 6.x Date Published: 2018/04/30 VMw...
  • Top 20 vSAN articles for April 2018
    Component metadata health check fails with invalid state error Best practices for vSAN implementations using Dell PERC H730 or FD332-PERC storage controllers vSAN Build Recommendation Engine Health fails Status of TLSv1.1/1.2 Enablement and TLSv1.0 Disablement across VMware products “The ramdisk “v...
  • Top 20 NSX articles for April 2018
    Deploying NSX Controller fails in NSX-v 6.3.3 and 6.3.4 Guest Introspection memory usage spikes to 90+% or you see the error: “Lost communication with ESX module” in NSX-V 6.2.x and 6.3.x ESXi 5.5 and 6.0 hosts fail with a PSOD: VMCIEventDelayedDispatchCB@com Status of TLSv1.1/1.2 Enablement and TL...
  • Top 20 vSphere articles for April 2018
    vCenter Appliance root Partition 100% full due to Audit.log files not being rotated “invalid credentials LDAP Error 49” error when starting Inventory Services in vCenter Server 6.x Important information before upgrading to vSphere 6.5 Unable to log in to the root account of vCenter Server Appliance...
  • New KB articles published for week ending 29th April 2018
    VMware vRealize Automation vRealize Automation Management Interface: IaaS Certificates: “Error calling OpenSSL tools.” after upgrading to 7.3 Date Published: 2018/04/23 VMware SDDC Manager VMware Cloud Foundation ESXi host upgrade fails at VUM_STAGE_TAKE_BACKUP Date Published: 2018/04/23 A NETWORK_D...

Cloud Foundation

  • Patching Made Easy with VMware Cloud Foundation
    A common challenge faced by every IT department is keeping up with the inevitable and never-ending flow of software updates. This becomes even more critical in a modern Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC), where compute, network and storage virtualization are interwoven into a unified data center fa...
  • VMware Cloud Foundation Architecture Poster 2.3
    VMware is pleased to release the latest VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) architecture poster. VCF is a fully automated, hyper-converged software stack that includes compute, storage, networking and cloud management. Because VCF has so many tightly integrated products, it is important to understand the ...
  • HPE Synergy and VMware Cloud Foundation – now certified
    Author Bhumik Patel – Technical Alliances, VMware @bhumikp   Introduction: As customers leverage VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) to provide integrated Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) & cloud management services for running enterprise applications, it becomes critical to rely on an underlying pl...

 

EXTERNAL NEWS FROM 3RD PARTY BLOGGERS virtuallyGhetto

  • Cool browser plugin for Dark Theme vSphere H5 Client
    While catching up on my news feed early this morning, I came across a really slick browser plugin developed by Jens L. that enables a "Dark" theme for the vSphere HTML5 Client (h5client). If you use either Chrome or Firefox, simply visit Bery's Github site here to get a link to the plugin. Once the ...
  • Changes to vSphere Client Login UI customizations in vSphere 6.7
    For those that have customized their vSphere Client Login UI using the instructions here and here, it looks like the process can not be applied to the vSphere 6.7 release. From what I can tell, it looks like we have now consolidated the various WAR files into a single file /usr/lib/vmware-sso/vmware...
  • Getting started with VMware Pivotal Container Service (PKS) Part 11: Application Monitoring
    In this blog post, we will take a look at using VMware Wavefront, a recent acquisition, that is a leading SaaS based metrics and monitoring solutions for Cloud Native Applications. Wavefront supports monitoring Kuberenetes (K8S) and many other applications, but what is really neat about Wavefront is...
  • Getting started with VMware Pivotal Container Service (PKS) Part 10: Infrastructure Monitoring
    In this blog post, we go through and configure VMware vRealize Operations Manager (vROps) which Cloud Admins/Platforms Operators can take advantage of to help with monitoring and alerting on the underlying PKS infrastructure (compute, storage & networking). In addition, through the use of vROps ...
  • New Instant Clone Architecture in vSphere 6.7 – Part 2
    In the previous article, I provided an overview of the new "Parentless" Instant Clone feature which was introduced in vSphere 6.7 and some of the architectural differences between prior versions of Instant Clone. In this post, I will show you how to use the new Instant Clone feature, which is curren...

ESX Virtualization

  • VMUG is Free, but VMUG Advantage With EVAL Experience is Better for a Reasonable $200/Year
    This has been in my draft for ages and I apologize for that not publish about this earlier. I’m sure that most likely everyone knows, BUT just to make sure that all my readership gets the message too. Today I’d like to highlight that VMUG is Free, but VMUG Advantage With EVAL Experience is Better [&...
  • Win an all-expenses-paid trip to VMworld US or Europe
    VMware HOL organizes a raffle which will end in about a week (24th of May). You can win a trip to VMworld US or Europe (your choice) by taking a HOL lab. Not only a trip to VMworld but all-expenses paid (travel and hotel). The announcement says “Take any eligible Hands-on Lab and enter to win [̷...
  • Upgrade ESXi 6.x to 6.7 via CLI – Two methods
    After yesterday’s upgrade ESXi 6.x to 6.7 via ISO, which is the easiest method, today we’ll explore two other ones of upgrade ESXi 6.x to 6.7 via CLI. One of the methods will use directly the Internet so you’ll need an Internet connection on the host you’ll want to upgrade. The second method will us...
  • How To Upgrade ESXi 6.x to 6.7 via ISO
    Today a quick lab post which shows how simple is to upgrade VMware ESXi 6.x to 6.7 via ISO image. There are several ways of upgrading standalone ESXi hosts, and via the ISO image it’s just so simple that I wanted to show this for the newcomers and people who just starting with VMware technology. [&#...
  • VMware vCSA 6.7 Appliance Backup Setup and Schedule
    One of the new features present in vSphere 6.7 appliance (vCSA 6.7) is the possibility to setup a schedule for backups. Previous releases has had already the backup feature built-in but not the backup schedule. In this post we will eplore the VMware vCSA 6.7 appliance backup setup and schedule. Befo...

CormacHogan.com

  • Next steps with NSX-T Edge – Routing and BGP
    If you’ve been following along on my NSX-T adventures, you’ll be aware that at this point we have our overlay network deployed, and our NSX-T edge has been setup to with DHCP servers attached to my logical switch, which in turn provides IP addresses to my virtual machines. This is all fine and well,...
  • Performance Checklist now available for vSAN benchmarking
    Hot on the heels of the vSAN 6.7 release, a new performance checklist for vSAN benchmarking has now been published on our StorageHub site. This is the result of a project that I started a few months back with my colleague, Paudie O’Riordan. It builds upon a huge amount of groundwork that was already...
  • My highlights from KubeCon and CloudNativeCon, Europe 2018
    This week I attended KubeCon and CloudNativeCon 2018 in Copenhagen. I had two primary goals during this visit: (a) find out what was happening with storage in the world of Kubernetes (K8s), and (b) look at how people were doing day 2 operations, monitoring, logging, etc, as well as the challenges on...
  • PKS – Networking Setup Tips and Tricks
    In my previous post, I showed how to deploy Pivotal Container Services (PKS) on a simplified flat network. In this post, I will highlight some of the issues one might encounter if you wish to deploy PKS on a more complex network topology. For example, you may have vCenter Server on a vSphere managem...
  • A simple Pivotal Container Service (PKS) deployment
    This post will walk you through a simplified PKS (Pivotal Container Service) deployment in my lab. The reason why I say this is simplified is because all of the components will be deployed on a single flat network. PKS has a number of network dependencies. These include the bosh agents deployed on t...

Scott's Weblog

  • Technology Short Take 99
    Welcome to Technology Short Take 99! What follows below is a collection of various links and articles about (mostly) data center-related technologies. Hopefully something I’ve included will be useful. Here goes! Networking David Gee makes the connection between coffee and network automation...
  • Installing GitKraken on Fedora 27
    GitKraken is a full-featured graphical Git client with support for multiple platforms. Given that I’m trying to live a multi-platform life, it made sense for me to give this a try and see whether it is worth making part of my (evolving and updated) multi-platform toolbelt. Along the way, thoug...
  • An Updated Look at My Multi-Platform Toolbelt
    In early 2017 I posted about my (evolving) multi-platform toolbelt, describing some of the applications, standards, and services that I use across my Linux and macOS systems. In this post, I’d like to provide an updated review of that toolbelt. Visual Studio Code: I switched from Sublime Tex...
  • Technology Short Take 98
    Welcome to Technology Short Take #98! Now that I’m starting to get settled into my new role at Heptio, I’ve managed to find some time to pull together another collection of links and articles pertaining to various data center technologies. Feedback is always welcome! Networking VMware...
  • List of Kubernetes Folks on Twitter
    Earlier this morning, I asked on Twitter about good individuals to follow on Twitter for Kubernetes information. I received quite a few good responses (thank you!), and I though it might be useful to share the list of the folks that were recommended across all those responses. The list I’ve c...

Welcome to vSphere-land!

  • Top vBlog 2018 starting soon, make sure your site is included
    I’ll be kicking off Top vBlog 2018 very soon and my vLaunchPad website is the source for the blogs included in the Top vBlog voting each year so please take a moment and make sure your blog is listed.  Every year I get emails from bloggers after the voting starts wanting to be added but … Con...
  • Configuration maximum changes in vSphere 6.7
    A comparison using the Configuration Maximum tool for vSphere shows the following changes between vSphere 6.5 & 6.7. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]...
  • Important information to know before upgrading to vSphere 6.7
    vSphere 6.7 is here and with support for vSphere 5.5 ending soon (Sept.) many people will be considering upgrading to it. Before you rush in though there is some important information about this release that you should be aware of. First let’s talk upgrade paths, you can’t just upgrade f...
  • vSphere 6.7 Link-O-Rama
    Your complete guide to all the essential vSphere 6.7 links from all over the VMware universe. Bookmark this page and keep checking back as it will continue to grow as new links are added everyday. Also be sure and check out the Planet vSphere-land feed for all the latest blog posts from the Top 100 ...
  • Summary of What’s New in vSphere 6.7
    Today VMware announced vSphere 6.7 coming almost a year and a half after the release of vSphere 6.5. Doesn’t look like the download is quite available yet but it should be shortly. Below is the What’s New document from the Release Candidate that summarizes most of the big things new in t...

Virtual Geek

  • Its time for change, and change = renewed invention, renewed vigor, renewed discovery.
    I’m going to make this a two-part post. Part 1 = what is in the rear-view window? Part 2 = what’s out the front windshield? Part 1: CPSD and Dell EMC are in my rear-view window. First, while want to close the chapter behind me - it’s a flawed analogy, because it suggests some sort of “finality”. ...
  • The best athletes (and VxBlock 1000) = faster, higher, stronger!
    In watching the Olympics, it’s amazing to see athletes doing amazing things – frankly it’s inspiring. Sometimes it’s a new star rising – something new (amazing Chloe Kim!) .   Sometimes it’s a veteran pulling a “Michael Phelps” – producing every 4 years (see Dutch speed skater Sven Kramer). I’m not...
  • What a start to the year...
    It's been a crazy couple days on a couple fronts, but the most material front has certainly been Spectre and Meltdown. There are lots of sources, and the trick is that while distinctly the root cause lies in the CPU domain and with the CPU manufacturers- the impact touches nearly everything. It's b...
  • To allTHANK YOU for 2017, and lets dream of 2018!
    To all my readers, all our customers and partners, all my colleagues, all my friends – heck my competitors, thank you for everything in 2017.   It was a year filled with change for me in the middle of a massive integration through the Dell acquisition – with a ton of learning, a ton of personal d...
  • Looking forward to 2018: Vertical Stack Wars are upon us.
    This is part 3 of a 3-part blog series on things that I’m thinking about going into 2018. Warning – remember, Virtual Geek post are my musings, not an official company position.   They are officially my opinions – which means they aren’t worth more than 2 cents.  They aren’t authored by anyone...

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Virten.net

  • vCenter Service Appliance 6.7 Tips and Tricks
    VMware is moving their vCenter Server from Windows to the Linux based Photon OS. The following tips and tricks might come handy when working with the vCenter Service Appliance 6.7: Enable SSH File Transfer with SCP/SFTP Public Key Authentication Disable …Read more »...
  • Free ESXi 6.7 - How to Download and get License Keys
    vSphere 6.7 has been released and as known from previous versions, VMware provides a free version of their Hypervisor ESXi for everyone again. The license key can be created for free at VMware's website. It has no expiration date. The …Read more »...
  • VMware ESXi 6.7 - IO Devices not certified for upgrade
    Beside Server Hardware, also double check if your IO Devices (eg. NIC, HBA,..) are supported when updating ESXi hosts from VMware vSphere 6.5 to 6.7. The following devices were supported in vSphere 6.5 but are according to VMware's HCL not (yet) …Read more »...
  • VMware ESXi 6.7 - Hardware not yet certified for upgrade
    Double check your vendor support when updating ESXi hosts from to vSphere 6.7. Some systems have not been certified by their vendor yet. The following servers were supported in vSphere 6.5 but are according to VMware's HCL not yet supported in …Read more »...
  • VMware vSphere 6.7 Configuration Maximums Changes
    VMware vSphere 6.7 offers increased scalability. You can see a comparison against all previous versions at my ESX and vCenter Configuration Maximums page. Changes in VMware vSphere 6.7 are: Virtual Machine Maximums vSphere 6.7 vSphere 6.5 vSphere 6.0  NVDIMM controllers 1 …Read more »...

vInfrastructure Blog

  • VMworld 2018 – Where and when
    As happened in the past, VMworld 2018 will be in the same locations, both for the US and the European editions: again Las Vegas and Barcelona. Those will be the dates for both events: VMworld 2018 US: will be in Las Vegas from August 26 to August 30 VMworld 2018 EU: will be in Barcelona from Novembe...
  • Why upgrade to VMware vSphere 6.7 (or why not)
    This is an article realized for StarWind blog and focused on the pro and cons of an upgrade to vSphere 6.7. See also the original post. Now that VMware vSphere 6.7 has been announced and it’s also available in General Availability (GA), some people may ask if it makes sense upgrade to this version (...
  • Nutanix .NEXT 2018
    The first Nutanix .NEXT event was in the late 2015 and there were several changes in the company, in the products and in the event content. Now there well be a new Nutanix .NEXT event, from May 8 to 10 at New Orleans. Still 3 days (or two full) as usual, but a lot of difference, if you are looking a...
  • Windows Server 2016 reboot after hot-adding CPU in vSphere 6.5
    Seeams that there is an issue in CPU hot-add on Windows Server 2016 running in VMware vSphere 6.5, but it’s something hard to reproduce this issues on a different systems. Because on most systems it works correctly, but, at least in a case, the CPU hot add does not work as expected. On the  ...
  • VMware vSphere 6.5 Update 2
    VMware has just released the new vSphere 6.7 only a few weeks ago, but now it’s the turn to update the previous version: vSphere 6.5 Update 2 is now available, with some interesting news. New builds will be 8307201 for vCenter and 8294253 for ESXi. The official vSphere documentation is already...

 

 


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NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE

VMware Radius

  • Q&A with Women Who Code’s Jennifer Tacheff on Women in Tech
    Women of Silicon Valley brought together industry trailblazers last month to share their stories on the importance of female role models within the tech sphere. A significant discussion at the conference centered around creating strategies for addressing the gender gap, measuring the effectiveness o...
  • Hutto ISD Embraces a New Generation of Security While Offering New Digital Experiences to Students
    Hutto Independent School District is one of the fastest growing public school districts in Hutto, Texas. With over 7,000 students and 1,000 staff members, it is growing at about five percent a year and welcomes approximately 300 new students each year. However, with the surge in enrollment and the i...
  • Beyond the Hype Cycle: What Can We Really Expect with 5G?
    The idea of the innovator’s dilemma comes from Harvard professor Clayton Christensen who argues that successful companies can do everything right but still lose market leadership when unexpected competitors emerge, disrupt, and take over markets. As an antidote, he advises that leading companies eng...

VMware Open Source Blog

  • How Tern Can Make Your Compliance Chores More Interesting
    I am the maintainer of a neat little open source project called Tern. It inspects a container image and finds the metadata of the packages that are installed in it. This information can be used to solve some basic container compliance issues created by container build tools. This previous blog post,...
  • Beyond Code: Five “Secret” Practices for Open Source Success
    You’ve scrubbed your code, completed your patches, tested and tested again. So, now you are ready to open source your code, right? Maybe not. See, achieving open source success is more complex than that. There are factors beyond code that you could—indeed should—be thinking about to maximize your pr...
  • Helm Chart for Harbor 1.4.0 Is Now Ready – and Merged into the Harbor GitHub Repo
    Project Harbor is a popular open source enterprise-class registry server that stores and distributes Docker images. Kubernetes Helm is a widely used tool for managing Kubernetes charts, i.e. packages of pre-configured Kubernetes resources. In response to user demand, the Harbor team has been working...

VMware vSphere Blog

  • New vSphere 6.5 DRS White Paper released
    This week I published a new white paper about vSphere 6.5 DRS. Most customers have been using vSphere DRS for over a decade, yet the technology is updated with each vSphere release. vSphere 6.5 contains plenty of new options that align with today’s use of virtualization. This whitepaper provides an ...
  • Are You a vSphere 6.5 Expert? Take the Quiz and Find Out!
    VMware vSphere 6.5 is the next-gen infrastructure platform for your next-gen apps. It provides a powerful, flexible, and secure foundation for business agility that accelerates the digital transformation to cloud computing and success in the digital economy. vSphere 6.5 supports both existing and n...
  • New Resource – The VMware vSphere 6.5 Upgrade eBook
    Over the past year I have written several blog posts and conducted workshops on vSphere 6.5 upgrades. The intent was to help customers learn about the upgrade concepts and planning. Only by getting familiar with the concepts and planning accordingly will the execution be successful. Part of the upgr...

Network Virtualization

  • NSX-T Automation with Terraform
    Do you want to maintain your network and security infrastructure as a code? Do you want to automate NSX-T? One more option has been just added for you! Following my previous post about NSX-T: OpenAPI and SDKs you might have figured out how easy it is to generate different language bindings for NSX-...
  • VMware Cloud on AWS with Direct Connect: NSX Networking and vMotion to the Cloud with Demo
    Check out my prior below blogs here on VMware Network Virtualization blog on how NSX is leveraged in VMware Cloud on AWS to provide all the networking and security features. These prior blogs provide a foundation that this blog post builds on. In this blog post I discuss how AWS Direct Connect can b...
  • How NSX Is Tapping into the Human Element Behind Network Virtualization
      Virtualization can be a tricky concept for some people to wrap their heads around. Trying to explain the functionalities and benefits of technology like VMware NSX can quickly devolve into techno-babble. With that said, we’re trying to take another approach—a more human approach. Below are thre...

VMware Cloud Management

  • vRealize Suite Featured on New VCF 2.3 Architecture Poster
    A recently-released VMware Cloud Foundation Architecture Poster 2.3 focuses on vRealize Suite that is now part of VCF 2.3! Cloud Management is core and center to a successful hybrid cloud. Therefore, VMware vRealize Suite – named the best Cloud Management Platform in this analyst’s research – is fe...
  • VMware Application Proxy: Manage Your Wavefront Telegraf Agents with vRealize Operations 6.7
    In his blog post last week, Henry Guo introduced a new integration between Wavefront and vRealize Operations 6.7, to extend application monitoring with Wavefront to provide IT control and developer agility. This is a fantastic new capability that allows customers using vRealize Operations 6.7 to ...
  • Workload Optimization – The Key to your Self-Driving Datacenter!
    vRealize Operations 6.7 is here and it comes loaded with great new features that will make your life better!  Included in these is an improved capacity engine to help you better manage your environment, integrated cost analysis so you know how much your environment actually costs and where you can s...

Cloud-Native Apps

  • Spring is in the air. Join VMware at the Boston Cloud Foundry Summit!
    The Boston Cloud Foundry Summit kicks off on April 18 with the Cloud Foundry User Day. Organized as an unconference, this is the meeting place for Cloud Foundry users to share ideas, best practices and lessons learned. All Cloud Foundry users and prospective users are invited to attend! VMware will...
  • Hello, Kubernetes 1.10
    By Vladimir Vivien, Staff Engineer and Clint Kitson, Director Open Source Engineering Kubernetes 1.10 is out! This release continues to move important features through the alpha, beta and stable feature gates. Speaking of milestones, did you notice that the CNCF Technical Oversight Committee voted ...
  • Upcoming SREcon Features Cloud-Native Sessions
    Too many unreliable systems in your life? Take note of what’s happening at SREcon, an industry conference for site reliability engineers brought to you by USENIX, the Advanced Computing Systems Association, which has been bringing together the community of engineers and systems administrators around...

VMware End-User Computing Blog

Support Insider

  • New KB articles published for week ending 8th April 2018
    VMware vRealize Operations Manager Horizon Dashboards display “No Data” in vRealize Operations Manager 6.x. Date Published: 2018/04/03 VMware SDDC Manager VMware Cloud Foundation update for environments upgraded from 2.1.x to 2.3.x Date Published: 2018/04/05 VMware Cloud Foundation update for ...
  • Top 20 vSAN articles for March 2018
    Component metadata health check fails with invalid state error Best practices for vSAN implementations using Dell PERC H730 or FD332-PERC storage controllers vSAN Build Recommendation Engine Health fails Status of TLSv1.1/1.2 Enablement and TLSv1.0 Disablement across VMware products “The ramdi...
  • Top 20 NSX articles for March 2018
    Guest Introspection memory usage spikes to 90+% or you see the error: “Lost communication with ESX module” in NSX-V 6.2.x and 6.3.x Deploying NSX Controller fails in NSX-v 6.3.3 and 6.3.4 Troubleshooting vShield Endpoint / NSX Guest Introspection ESXi 5.5 and 6.0 hosts fail with a PSOD: VMCIEve...
  • Top 20 vSphere articles for March 2018
    vCenter Appliance root Partition 100% full due to Audit.log files not being rotated “invalid credentials LDAP Error 49” error when starting Inventory Services in vCenter Server 6.x Important information before upgrading to vSphere 6.5 Unable to log in to the root account of vCenter Server Appli...
  • New KB articles published for week ending 1st April 2018
    VMware NSX for vSphere “using –physdev-out in the OUTPUT, FORWARD and POSTROUTING chains for non-bridged traffic is not supported anymore” reported in NSX Edge logs Date Published: 2018/03/30 NETSCOUT vSCOUT For NSX-v 6.2 and 6.3 Date Published: 2018/03/27 VMware vSphere Integrated Containers ...

Cloud Foundation

  • Patching Made Easy with VMware Cloud Foundation
    A common challenge faced by every IT department is keeping up with the inevitable and never-ending flow of software updates. This becomes even more critical in a modern Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC), where compute, network and storage virtualization are interwoven into a unified data center fa...
  • VMware Cloud Foundation Architecture Poster 2.3
    VMware is pleased to release the latest VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) architecture poster. VCF is a fully automated, hyper-converged software stack that includes compute, storage, networking and cloud management. Because VCF has so many tightly integrated products, it is important to understand the ...
  • HPE Synergy and VMware Cloud Foundation – now certified
    Author Bhumik Patel – Technical Alliances, VMware @bhumikp   Introduction: As customers leverage VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) to provide integrated Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) & cloud management services for running enterprise applications, it becomes critical to rely on an underlying pl...

 

EXTERNAL NEWS FROM 3RD PARTY BLOGGERS VMGuru

  • Managing Puppet code with a source control repository
    Last couple of months I’ve been working closely with Puppet. I wrote some blogs about it, recorded a VMware vRA Expert Talk video and had two successful events in the Netherlands where I presented and demo’ed the Puppet Enterprise integration with VMware vRealize Automation. For... The ...
  • VMware NSX & OTRS – Automating Security with Help Desk Systems
    Over the last couple of months, Sander, Anne Jan and I have been working on a security whitepaper that lays out a practical implementation of zero trust while interfacing with a helpdesk system. In this case, OTRS. It’s all about how engineers can get access... The post VMware NSX & OTRS...
  • vExpert 2018 Announcement – All VMGurus now vExperts
    The VMware Social team announced the vExpert class of 2018 yesterday. With the acceptance of Dimitri into the vExpert program, I’m proud to say that all the VMGurus are now vExperts: vExpert Directory Some crazier than others, Erik has been a vExpert for a decade... The post vExpert 2018 Anno...
  • Deploying VeloCloud on VMware vSphere
    Hopefully you’ve heard the good news that VMware has acquired VeloCloud, including SD-WAN into the software-defined portfolio. This is especially exciting to me, as I get to branch out a little more into the WAN space, being in the Networking & Security BU. For me,... The post Deploying V...
  • PowervRNI is now on PowerShell Gallery
    PowerShell is about making things easy and consumable. Same goes for PowervRNI, making repetitive tasks in vRealize Network Insight easier and make it possible to extract information from vRNI. It’s not that easy to load a custom module into PowerShell though, you have to download... The post...

virtuallyGhetto

ESX Virtualization

  • Project Honolulu and Windows Server 2019
    We were playing with Windows Server 2019 (Tech Preview) in the lab, as well as with Project Honolulu. The Windows Server 2019 was installed on vSphere 6.5 in the lab, as a new VM with default settings of Windows Server 2016. As you can imagine, everything worked as it should. After installing VMware...
  • Multiple Points in Time of a VM within VMware vSphere Replication (VR)
    vSphere Replication which is present within a VMware product suite since a long time. It is a built-in feature of VMware ESXi hypervisor. However, it’s only an additional deployment and configuration of vSphere Replication appliances which “sits” between two ESXi hosts which actually enables that re...
  • Setup Faster and more secure DNS Resolution With CloudFlare
    If you don’t know CloudFlare you’re missing out. I’m using their service for years for my ESX Virtualization blog. They provide with DNS resolution, caching, security, SSL, analytics. Tons of services (free and paid). Today we’ll talk about how to Setup Faster DNS Resolution With CloudFlare. In fact...
  • DBeaver is an SQL client and a database administration tool – Free Alternative to SQL Server Management Studio
    We’re getting some questions lately about Free alternatives to Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio. Yesterday’s post was one of the tools which are available – Microsoft SQL Operations Studio – Free Tool. That was a tool from Microsoft. But there are others. One of them is DBeaver which is a mult...
  • Microsoft SQL Operations Studio – Free Tool
    There is a new free software from Microsoft (preview for now) which allows you to manage databases. As you know, previously I have blogged about 5 Free Alternatives to Microsoft SQL Management Studio, so this post is kind of a follow up on that. Microsoft SQL Operations Studio can manage SQL Server,...

CormacHogan.com

  • Building a simple ESXi host overlay network with NSX-T
    I’ve recently begun to look at NSX-T. My long-term goal is to use it to enable me to build multiple Kubernetes clusters used PKS, the Pivotal Container Service. The hope is then to look at some cool storage related items with Kubernetes. But first things first. Kudos to both Sam McGeown and William ...
  • Getting started with Cloudera Hadoop on vSphere
    This past week, my buddy Paudie and I have been neck-deep in Cloudera/Hadoop, with a view to getting it successfully deployed on vSphere. The purpose of this was solely a learning exercise, to try to understand what operational considerations need to be taking into account when running Hadoop on top...
  • A closer look at VMware’s latest Cloud Launch
    Today VMware has another cloud launch update, and this one is significant for many reasons. Our underlying goals of VMware Cloud are many. From an infrastructure perspective, the goal is to provide operational consistency no matter where the application is running, whether this is from an automation...
  • Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI), Sustainability and Green IT
    I’m sure it will come as no surprise to many readers that virtualization has brought (and continues to bring) huge benefits with regards to data center efficiency. I’m sure you are all aware of how virtualization allows you to do more with your servers; no more single server – single application par...
  • Which policy changes can trigger a rebuild on vSAN?
    Some time ago, I wrote about which policy changes can trigger a rebuild of an object. This came up again recently, as it was something that Duncan and I covered in our VMworld 2017 session on top 10 vSAN considerations. In the original post (which is over 3 years old now), I highlighted items like i...

Scott's Weblog

  • The Future is Containerized
    Last week I announced my departure from VMware, and my intention to step away from VMware’s products and platforms to focus on a new technology area moving forward. Today marks the “official” start of a journey that’s been building for a couple years, a journey that will take...
  • Technology Short Take 97
    Welcome to Technology Short Take 97! This Tech Short Take marks the end of an era (sort of); it’s the last Tech Short Take published while I’m a VMware employee (today is my last day; see here for more details). But enough about me—let’s talk some tech! This Short Take may be...
  • Time to Evolve
    I first started getting into VMware around 2003, possibly earlier (I can’t recall exactly when it was). I remember thinking that VMware’s impact on the industry was going to be significant, and I wanted to be part of this industry change. I was right—virtualization like what VMware...
  • Interop ITX, Dell Technologies World, and Spousetivities
    Spousetivities will be present at two additional events this year—in fact, these events are only about 6 weeks away! Both Dell Technologies World and Interop ITX are in Las Vegas the last week of April (both starting April 30), and Spousetivities is running events for both conferences. <as...
  • Technology Short Take 96
    Welcome to Technology Short Take 96! Ahead, lying in wait, is a unique collection of links, articles, and thoughts about various data center technologies. Browse if you dare…OK, so I’m being a bit melodramatic. It’s still some good stuff here! Networking Via Matt Oswalt and Mic...

Welcome to vSphere-land!

  • Is 2018 the year of VVols?
    Next month VMware’s new Virtual Volumes (VVols) storage architecture will turn 3 years old as it was released as part of vSphere 6.0 in March of 2015. Since it’s initial release adoption has been very slow, I believe VMware estimates less than 2% of customers are using VVols. So will 201...
  • VMworld 2018 Call For Papers is open – here’s how to get people to vote for and attend your session
    VMware just announced that the Call for Papers for VMworld 2018 is now open until March 13th. Just like last year, this year VMware has opened early compared to the usual March-April period of years past. Remember VMworld US is again back in Vegas this year at the Mandalay Bay from Aug. 26th-30th, V...
  • Automating Storage Provisioning using VMware vRealize Orchestrator
    I finally got my company to get on board with an external webinar platform and I get to kick off the very first webinar on BrightTalk.The topic is on vRealize Orchestrator integration with the 3PAR platform as an example, I promise this will be a technical webinar and not a sales pitch so if you  ...
  • A new job for me and reflecting on 2017
    2017 was a bit of a tough year for me mainly due to the major surgery that my daughter Sophia had and the subsequent very painful recovery from it. I’d have to say that was one of the most difficult and stressful things that I have been through in my life and I am very … Continue readin...
  • 2017 VVols year in review
    I tend to write a lot about VMware VVols these days as I believe VMware’s new storage architecture has many benefits and VVols is the future of storage for vSphere. In this post I thought I would highlight and recap some of the posts that I did in 2017 related to VVols and you have … Co...

Virtual Geek

  • Its time for change, and change = renewed invention, renewed vigor, renewed discovery.
    I’m going to make this a two-part post. Part 1 = what is in the rear-view window? Part 2 = what’s out the front windshield? Part 1: CPSD and Dell EMC are in my rear-view window. First, while want to close the chapter behind me - it’s a flawed analogy, because it suggests some sort of “finality”. ...
  • The best athletes (and VxBlock 1000) = faster, higher, stronger!
    In watching the Olympics, it’s amazing to see athletes doing amazing things – frankly it’s inspiring. Sometimes it’s a new star rising – something new (amazing Chloe Kim!) .   Sometimes it’s a veteran pulling a “Michael Phelps” – producing every 4 years (see Dutch speed skater Sven Kramer). I’m not...
  • What a start to the year...
    It's been a crazy couple days on a couple fronts, but the most material front has certainly been Spectre and Meltdown. There are lots of sources, and the trick is that while distinctly the root cause lies in the CPU domain and with the CPU manufacturers- the impact touches nearly everything. It's b...
  • To allTHANK YOU for 2017, and lets dream of 2018!
    To all my readers, all our customers and partners, all my colleagues, all my friends – heck my competitors, thank you for everything in 2017.   It was a year filled with change for me in the middle of a massive integration through the Dell acquisition – with a ton of learning, a ton of personal d...
  • Looking forward to 2018: Vertical Stack Wars are upon us.
    This is part 3 of a 3-part blog series on things that I’m thinking about going into 2018. Warning – remember, Virtual Geek post are my musings, not an official company position.   They are officially my opinions – which means they aren’t worth more than 2 cents.  They aren’t authored by anyone...

Eric Sloof - NTPRO.NL

  • New Book - VMware NSX Cookbook
    This book written by Bayu Wibowo and Tony Sangha begins with a brief introduction to VMware's NSX for vSphere Network Virtualization solutions and how to deploy and configure NSX components and features such as Logical Switching, Logical Routing, layer 2 bridging and the Edge Services Gateway. ...
  • vRealize Operations 6.7 - Workload Optimization Overview
    vRealize Operation's new Workload Optimization feature is a main component of your self-driving datacenter.  The idea behind a self-driving datacenter is you just define your business and operational intent and then "take your hands off the wheel" and let vRealize Operations drive.  It will m...
  • VMware NSX 6.4 - Application Rule Manager Enhancements
    With the release of VMware NSX 6.4, we have made several enhancements to the Application Rule Manager including improved context awareness, automatic recommendations for firewall rule sets, and easier and faster time to value for Day 2 operations. In this video, we’ll go through the enhancem...
  • NSX east west traffic optimization with the DLR
    The Universal Distributed Logical Router is installed in the kernel of every ESXi host, as such it requires a VM to provide the control plane. The universal distributed logical router Control VM is the control plane component of the routing process, providing communication between NSX Manage...
  • Free eBook: Upgrading to VMware vSphere 6.5: Insights for vSphere Administrators
    This eBook is written for vSphere administrators looking for additional information to help plan and execute the upgrade process. It contains reference scenarios that explain upgrade concepts that can be applied to just about any situation, including upgrading from vSphere 5.5 to vSphere 6.5, ...

Virten.net

  • How to Install VMware vSphere Perl SDK on Debian 9 (stretch)
    Download the latest Perl SDK for your vSphere version from code.vmware.com and copy it to the system. The download is free, but an My VMware account is required. vSphere Perl SDK for vSphere 6.5 vSphere Perl SDK for vSphere 6.0 vSphere …Read more »...
  • Homeserver - ESXi on HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10
    After Hewlett Packard Enterprise has missed offering a Microserver in their 9th Generation, it is now back in Gen10. The Microserver series provides affordable servers intended to be used in SMB and as home servers. Due to its low price and …Read more »...
  • Fix for FreeNAS on HPE MicroServer Gen10 X3216 Stuck Console Issue
    When you try to install FreeNAS 11 on the new HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 X3216, the installer stops booting and appears to be stuck at: pcib0: <ACPI Host-PCI bridge> port 0xcf8-0xcff on acpi0 pcib0: _OSC returned error 0x10 pci0: <ACPI PCI …Read more »...
  • Get- and Set-VMLatencySensitivity PowerShell Function
    The Get-VMLatencySensitivity, Get-VMLatencySensitivityBulk and Set-VMLatencySensitivity PowerShell functions configure can return and set the latency sensitivity level of a virtual machine. You can adjust the latency sensitivity of a virtual machine to optimize the scheduling delay for latency sensi...
  • Critical Patch for All-Flash vSAN with Deduplication (6.0 and 6.5)
    VMware has released a critical patch for vSAN 6.0 and 6.5. This patch contains a fix for a highly critical vSAN issue that might cause IO read errors and in some cases severe symptoms such as inaccessible VMs, host failures, or stuck resyncs. The issue …Read more »...

vInfrastructure Blog

  • VMware vForum Online 2018
    VMware vForum Online provides expert insight that can help drive innovation for your organization. It’s a must-attend event for IT professionals who are driving their digital transformation and building a hyper-converged IT infrastructure. It includes virtual exhibits, a keynote presentation, ...
  • What is Swordfish?
    Storage management is something unique and quite depending by the storage vendor. Solutions like VMware Virtual Volumes can simplify it by providing a common interface, but it’s more on the usage and consuming part, rather than the storage management part. The SNIA (Storage Network Industry As...
  • Datrium releases DVX 4.0
    Datrium announced the shipment of DVX 4.0 Software, the third major software release in less than a year. Datrium DVX converges Tier 1 hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) with scale-out backup and cloud disaster recovery (DR) and Cloud-Native Data Services. Datium promises that DVX enables up to 10 ...
  • Rubrik launches Polaris SaaS platform
    Rubrik has announced the launch of Rubrik Polaris, a SaaS platform for Data Management Applications. Rubrik Polaris delivers a unified system of record across all business applications and data for seamless security, compliance, and governance. Rubrik Polaris revolutionizes the data management marke...
  • Redfish support for DellEMC PowerEdge
    Redfish is the new standard, promoted by Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF), for secure and scalable server management automation. With Redfish, the challenges of expanded scale, higher security, and multi-vendor openness are managed, while also enabling automation with modern DevOps tools and...


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Hi everyone, welcome to this weeks VMware TAM Source newsletter which serves as our regular digest of important news from around the world of virtualization. If you are looking at public or hybrid cloud I am sure that you have spent some time on the VMware cloud site at cloud.vmware.com. Use cases are also helpful and important when doing this research and I also came across this blog post which I thought was useful. Your VMware TAM is the best suited to help you research this information.

I hope you enjoy this weeks newsletter.

 

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NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE

VMware Radius

  • Learn How to Better Manage Complexity and Seamlessly Work Across Clouds
    Cloud-based technologies are transforming businesses and disrupting markets. Companies are able to leverage these advanced technologies to realize enormous benefits in the scalability, elasticity, and efficiency of their business operations. In addition, adopting the right cloud strategy can both im...
  • Extending our Digital Workspace Intelligence Capabilities through Strategic M&A
    Shekar Ayyar, Executive Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development and General Manager, Telco NFV Group Shekar Ayyar, EVP, Strategy and Corporate Development & GM, Telco NFV Group At VMware we believe firmly that security needs to be intelligently woven in as an intrinsic component of the ...
  • The Evolution of the Digital Workspace Has Arrived
    Today, VMware announced new innovations to its VMware Workspace ONE digital workspace platform. According to Sumit Dhawan, the news goes far beyond technology updates, focusing on delivering innovative employee experiences that drive true digital transformation. “All too often, conversations about ...

VMware Open Source Blog

  • 8 Quirky Open Source Projects to Tickle Your Funny Bone
    Not all open source projects are created equally. Many of them are valuable technologies, tackling complex issues from container compliance to deploying serverless applications to automating benchmarks for cloud infrastructure. Of course, this is only scratching the surface of the impact and range o...
  • The Challenges of Maintaining a Large Open Source Project
    Today, Kubernetes is one of the fastest growing open source projects next to the Linux kernel, with over 130 commits each week—and that’s just to the main repository. It was recently announced that the CNCF Technical Oversight Committee (TOC) voted for Kubernetes to become CNCF’s first project...
  • Best Practices for Building Compliant Containers
    By Nisha Kumar, open source engineer, VMware As things stand, we do not have a fully declarative way of building containers. We can’t, in other words, make a specific list of software components that we want in a container image and build the container to match exactly that list. In manufacturing, w...

VMware vSphere Blog

  • Are You a vSphere 6.5 Expert? Take the Quiz and Find Out!
    VMware vSphere 6.5 is the next-gen infrastructure platform for your next-gen apps. It provides a powerful, flexible, and secure foundation for business agility that accelerates the digital transformation to cloud computing and success in the digital economy. vSphere 6.5 supports both existing and n...
  • New Resource – The VMware vSphere 6.5 Upgrade eBook
    Over the past year I have written several blog posts and conducted workshops on vSphere 6.5 upgrades. The intent was to help customers learn about the upgrade concepts and planning. Only by getting familiar with the concepts and planning accordingly will the execution be successful. Part of the upgr...
  • Announcing the vSphere 6.5 Update 1 Security Configuration Guide
    I am really pleased to announce the availability of the 6.5 Update 1 Security Configuration Guide (SCG). Normally a new guide is done only for numbered releases and not updates but the number of security updates that have made it into 6.5 Update 1 has warranted this SCG release. Also, we want to sho...

Network Virtualization

  • How NSX Is Tapping into the Human Element Behind Network Virtualization
      Virtualization can be a tricky concept for some people to wrap their heads around. Trying to explain the functionalities and benefits of technology like VMware NSX can quickly devolve into techno-babble. With that said, we’re trying to take another approach—a more human approach. Below are thre...
  • Security for Public Clouds (AWS) with vRealize Network Insight
    Enterprise IT needs visibility into the network and security status of their workloads, whether hosted on premises, or within AWS. While many AWS workloads are sandboxes for application development teams (DevOps), it is important to analyze these workloads. Increasingly, public cloud workloads are a...
  • Enhancing Application Performance with NSX
    The application performance gains resulting from migrating an infrastructure hosting multi-tier applications from a physical networking implementation to a NSX software-based one have been well documented.  Bob Goldsand and Todd Muirhead, from our  performance engineering team have been preaching ...

VMware Cloud Management

Cloud-Native Apps

  • Hello, Kubernetes 1.10
    By Vladimir Vivien, Staff Engineer and Clint Kitson, Director Open Source Engineering Kubernetes 1.10 is out! This release continues to move important features through the alpha, beta and stable feature gates. Speaking of milestones, did you notice that the CNCF Technical Oversight Committee voted ...
  • Upcoming SREcon Features Cloud-Native Sessions
    Too many unreliable systems in your life? Take note of what’s happening at SREcon, an industry conference for site reliability engineers brought to you by USENIX, the Advanced Computing Systems Association, which has been bringing together the community of engineers and systems administrators around...
  • VMware Pivotal Container Service Hands-on Lab Is Now Live
    By Michael West, Technical Product Manager, VMware The Cloud-Native Apps Business Unit at VMware is pleased to announce that the VMware Pivotal Container Service Hands-on Lab, a new lab focused on Kubernetes and PKS, is now live. What Are VMware Hands-on Labs (HOL)? HOL comprises more than 80 ind...

VMware End-User Computing Blog

Support Insider

  • New KB articles published for week ending 25th March 2018
    VMware vSphere Integrated Containers VCH creation wizard does not list any vSphere distributed switches in the dropdown list Date Published: 2018/03/19 VMware NSX for vSphere eBGP between DLR and Edge may experience a routing loop after upgrading to NSX-v 6.3.5 Date Published: 2018/03/20 VMwar...
  • New KB articles published for week ending 18th March 2018
    VMware vRealize Business for Cloud Advanced Enabling and disabling local authentication for vRealize Business for Cloud Date Published: 2018/03/14 VMware vRealize Automation “HTTP Status 502” error when attempting to export the list of Managed Machines from the vRA Infrastructure tab Date Publi...
  • New KB articles published for week ending 11th March 2018
    VMware SDDC Manager How to update the Cisco UCS C240 M5 servers in a VMware Cloud Foundation environment to allow for correct boot configuration Date Published: 2018/03/08 The VSAN and vMotion distributed port groups in a VMware Cloud Foundation environment have an incorrect MTU value Date Publi...
  • Top 20 NSX articles for February 2018
    Virtual machine in ESXi is unresponsive with a non-paged pool memory leak Licensing vShield 1.x/5.0 VMs running on ESXi 5.5 with vShield endpoint activated fails during snapshot operations Performing vMotion or powering on a virtual machine being protected by vShield Endpoint fails When using ...
  • Top 20 vSAN articles for February 2018
    Component metadata health check fails with invalid state error Best practices for vSAN implementations using Dell PERC H730 or FD332-PERC storage controllers vSAN Build Recommendation Engine Health fails Status of TLSv1.1/1.2 Enablement and TLSv1.0 Disablement across VMware products How to man...

Cloud Foundation

  • VMware Cloud Foundation Architecture Poster 2.3
    VMware is pleased to release the latest VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) architecture poster. VCF is a fully automated, hyper-converged software stack that includes compute, storage, networking and cloud management. Because VCF has so many tightly integrated products, it is important to understand the ...
  • HPE Synergy and VMware Cloud Foundation – now certified
    Author Bhumik Patel – Technical Alliances, VMware @bhumikp   Introduction: As customers leverage VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) to provide integrated Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) & cloud management services for running enterprise applications, it becomes critical to rely on an underlying pl...
  • Cloud Foundation 2.3.1 Reaches General Availability
    VMware is pleased to announce the general availability of VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) 2.3.1. We’ve introduced several new features and provided fixes for issues identified in previous releases. I’d like to present a quick overview of the new features in Cloud Foundation 2.3.1 in this article. New...

 

EXTERNAL NEWS FROM 3RD PARTY BLOGGERS VMGuru

  • VMware NSX & OTRS – Automating Security with Help Desk Systems
    Over the last couple of months, Sander, Anne Jan and I have been working on a security whitepaper that lays out a practical implementation of zero trust while interfacing with a helpdesk system. In this case, OTRS. It’s all about how engineers can get access... The post VMware NSX & OTRS...
  • vExpert 2018 Announcement – All VMGurus now vExperts
    The VMware Social team announced the vExpert class of 2018 yesterday. With the acceptance of Dimitri into the vExpert program, I’m proud to say that all the VMGurus are now vExperts: vExpert Directory Some crazier than others, Erik has been a vExpert for a decade... The post vExpert 2018 Anno...
  • Deploying VeloCloud on VMware vSphere
    Hopefully you’ve heard the good news that VMware has acquired VeloCloud, including SD-WAN into the software-defined portfolio. This is especially exciting to me, as I get to branch out a little more into the WAN space, being in the Networking & Security BU. For me,... The post Deploying V...
  • PowervRNI is now on PowerShell Gallery
    PowerShell is about making things easy and consumable. Same goes for PowervRNI, making repetitive tasks in vRealize Network Insight easier and make it possible to extract information from vRNI. It’s not that easy to load a custom module into PowerShell though, you have to download... The post...
  • How to build a Hyper-Available Infrastructure – Part 1: Overview
    In today’s digital world we highly depend on services and their corresponding data to be available 24/7. We are frantic about our digital life and demand the underlying infrastructures to be Hyper-available. While traveling through the region to visit customers and partners, I am highly... The post...

virtuallyGhetto

ESX Virtualization

  • VMware vRealize Operations 6.7 Announced
    A new release of VMware vRealize Operations 6.7 (vROPs) has been announced. As usual, we do not have the exact release date, but we have the details concerning what’s new in this release and how that will help VMware admins to manage vSphere environments. The product will provide troubleshooting det...
  • Hybrid IT With Active-Active Cloud Storage – StarWind Solution
    We have already written about StarWind VTL which allows you to create air-gapped backups to blob storage. But Hyper-V admins using on-premises only instances might be interested in having a supported scenario with an active-active cloud storage in Azure. In fact, the shared storage between on-prem i...
  • Swiss Knife MobaXterm for Remote Administration Has also free version
    For remote administration, there are tons of tools around. Paid and free. Today we’ll have a look at MobaXterm which is one of them. Previously we looked at few other tools such as mRemoteNG or RoyalTS. Remote administration is daily bread and butter of every IT admin so to test different software s...
  • VMware App Volumes Reviewer Guide – Grab Your Free Copy
    Reviewer guides are very popular as they have step-by-step install/config guidance so whether you just doing a POC or trying to deploy it in the lab, it saves your time. You don’t have to search through the manual to understand the ins and outs. You have the guidance. VMware App Volumes Reviewer Gui...
  • Windows Server 2019 Announced
    A new announce from Microsoft about an upcoming release of Windows Server 2019. The product is in an early stage of development but there has been quite a lot of details published already. No, Microsoft isn’t leaving the server space so Windows Server 2019 will not be free, but prepare to pay more f...

CormacHogan.com

  • Getting started with Cloudera Hadoop on vSphere
    This past week, my buddy Paudie and I have been neck-deep in Cloudera/Hadoop, with a view to getting it successfully deployed on vSphere. The purpose of this was solely a learning exercise, to try to understand what operational considerations need to be taking into account when running Hadoop on top...
  • A closer look at VMware’s latest Cloud Launch
    Today VMware has another cloud launch update, and this one is significant for many reasons. Our underlying goals of VMware Cloud are many. From an infrastructure perspective, the goal is to provide operational consistency no matter where the application is running, whether this is from an automation...
  • Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI), Sustainability and Green IT
    I’m sure it will come as no surprise to many readers that virtualization has brought (and continues to bring) huge benefits with regards to data center efficiency. I’m sure you are all aware of how virtualization allows you to do more with your servers; no more single server – single application par...
  • Which policy changes can trigger a rebuild on vSAN?
    Some time ago, I wrote about which policy changes can trigger a rebuild of an object. This came up again recently, as it was something that Duncan and I covered in our VMworld 2017 session on top 10 vSAN considerations. In the original post (which is over 3 years old now), I highlighted items like i...
  • A first look at AWS Greengrass on vSphere
    Last week, I had the pleasure to attend our CTO Ambassadors conference, hosted by our Global Field CTO Chris Wolf. This was an excellent week, especially for someone like me who works directly for a single business unit at VMware. It gave me great insight into the activities going on in our other bu...

Scott's Weblog

  • The Future is Containerized
    Last week I announced my departure from VMware, and my intention to step away from VMware’s products and platforms to focus on a new technology area moving forward. Today marks the “official” start of a journey that’s been building for a couple years, a journey that will take...
  • Technology Short Take 97
    Welcome to Technology Short Take 97! This Tech Short Take marks the end of an era (sort of); it’s the last Tech Short Take published while I’m a VMware employee (today is my last day; see here for more details). But enough about me—let’s talk some tech! This Short Take may be...
  • Time to Evolve
    I first started getting into VMware around 2003, possibly earlier (I can’t recall exactly when it was). I remember thinking that VMware’s impact on the industry was going to be significant, and I wanted to be part of this industry change. I was right—virtualization like what VMware...
  • Interop ITX, Dell Technologies World, and Spousetivities
    Spousetivities will be present at two additional events this year—in fact, these events are only about 6 weeks away! Both Dell Technologies World and Interop ITX are in Las Vegas the last week of April (both starting April 30), and Spousetivities is running events for both conferences. <as...
  • Technology Short Take 96
    Welcome to Technology Short Take 96! Ahead, lying in wait, is a unique collection of links, articles, and thoughts about various data center technologies. Browse if you dare…OK, so I’m being a bit melodramatic. It’s still some good stuff here! Networking Via Matt Oswalt and Mic...

Welcome to vSphere-land!

  • Is 2018 the year of VVols?
    Next month VMware’s new Virtual Volumes (VVols) storage architecture will turn 3 years old as it was released as part of vSphere 6.0 in March of 2015. Since it’s initial release adoption has been very slow, I believe VMware estimates less than 2% of customers are using VVols. So will 201...
  • VMworld 2018 Call For Papers is open – here’s how to get people to vote for and attend your session
    VMware just announced that the Call for Papers for VMworld 2018 is now open until March 13th. Just like last year, this year VMware has opened early compared to the usual March-April period of years past. Remember VMworld US is again back in Vegas this year at the Mandalay Bay from Aug. 26th-30th, V...
  • Automating Storage Provisioning using VMware vRealize Orchestrator
    I finally got my company to get on board with an external webinar platform and I get to kick off the very first webinar on BrightTalk.The topic is on vRealize Orchestrator integration with the 3PAR platform as an example, I promise this will be a technical webinar and not a sales pitch so if you  ...
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  • BranchScope: a new vulnerability for Intel CPU
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FROM THE EDITORS VIRTUAL DESK
Hi everyone, welcome to this weeks VMware TAM newsletter. I have two items I wanted to provide some info on. The first is the HTML5 client for vSphere. This is used by many of you and as you know it is not yet at parity level with the full featured Flash version of the client. If you are wondering what the differences are and how to find out if a feature you need is missing here is a handy chart that provides this information.

The second item is regarding the ongoing Spectre/Meltdown issue and how VMware customers can use vROPS to their advantage in this situation. If you don't own vROPS you are able to get a trial edition as well as outlined in the article. This is a great use of our vROPS solution for a complicated and ongoing issue we re all facing.

Here is a link to this excellent article.

I hope these two articles are useful and I hope to bring you more like these in the next edition.

Virtually Yours
VMware TAM Team

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PowerCLI では、VMware Tools のインストールされているゲスト OS の

ファイルシステムの使用状況が確認できます。

 

ためしに vCenter PSC の仮想マシン(vc-psc01)で、ゲスト OS のファイルシステム使用状況を取得してみます。

今回は、PowerCLI 10.1 で vCenter 6.5 U1 に接続しています。

 

ゲスト OS に、VMware Tools 10.1.5 がインストールされていることがわかります。

PowerCLI> Get-VM vc-psc01 | Get-VMGuest | select VM,ToolsVersion | fl

 

VM           : vc-psc01

ToolsVersion : 10.1.5

 

 

vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 なので、ゲスト OS の種類は Linux(VMware Photon OS) です。

ファイルシステムのマウントされている Path ごとに、全体の容量と空き容量がわかります。

PowerCLI> $guest = Get-VM vc-psc01 | Get-VMGuest

PowerCLI> $guest.Disks | ft -AutoSize

 

CapacityGB FreeSpaceGB Path

---------- ----------- ----

10.575     7.271       /

0.117      0.091       /boot

0.007      0.007       /storage/imagebuilder

0.007      0.007       /storage/autodeploy

0.007      0.007       /storage/updatemgr

0.007      0.007       /storage/dblog

0.007      0.007       /storage/seat

0.007      0.007       /storage/netdump

9.710      9.688       /storage/core

9.710      9.647       /storage/db

9.710      8.103       /storage/log

 

 

たとえば下記のようなスクリプトで、仮想マシンごとのファイルシステム使用率を取得したりできます。

get_guest_fs_usage.ps1 · GitHub

$vm_names = $args[0]

$vms = Get-VM $vm_names

 

$vms | % {

    $vm = $_

    $guest = $vm.Guest

    $guest.Disks | select `

        @{N="VM";E={$vm.Name}},

        Path,

        @{N="CapacityGB";E={"{0:0.0}" -f $_.CapacityGB}},

        @{N="FreeSpaceGB";E={"{0:0.0}" -f $_.FreeSpaceGB}},

        @{N="UsagePCT";E={

            $usage_pct = 100 - ($_.FreeSpaceGB / $_.CapacityGB * 100)

            "{0:0.0}" -f $usage_pct}}

}

 

仮想マシン名を指定して実行すると、下記のようになります。

今回は、vc-sv01 と vc-psc01 という仮想マシンの情報を取得しています。

PowerCLI> .\get_guest_fs_usage.ps1 vc-sv01,vc-psc01 | ft -AutoSize

 

VM       Path                  CapacityGB FreeSpaceGB UsagePCT

--       ----                  ---------- ----------- --------

vc-psc01 /                     10.6       7.3         31.2

vc-psc01 /boot                 0.1        0.1         22.5

vc-psc01 /storage/imagebuilder 0.0        0.0         0.7

vc-psc01 /storage/autodeploy   0.0        0.0         0.7

vc-psc01 /storage/updatemgr    0.0        0.0         0.7

vc-psc01 /storage/dblog        0.0        0.0         0.7

vc-psc01 /storage/seat         0.0        0.0         0.7

vc-psc01 /storage/netdump      0.0        0.0         0.7

vc-psc01 /storage/core         9.7        9.7         0.2

vc-psc01 /storage/db           9.7        9.6         0.7

vc-psc01 /storage/log          9.7        8.1         16.5

vc-sv01  /                     10.6       4.9         53.3

vc-sv01  /boot                 0.1        0.1         22.5

vc-sv01  /storage/autodeploy   9.7        9.7         0.2

vc-sv01  /storage/netdump      1.0        1.0         0.1

vc-sv01  /storage/seat         9.7        9.2         4.9

vc-sv01  /storage/core         24.5       24.4        0.2

vc-sv01  /storage/imagebuilder 9.7        9.7         0.2

vc-sv01  /storage/updatemgr    98.3       97.5        0.9

vc-sv01  /storage/db           9.7        9.5         2.6

vc-sv01  /storage/log          9.7        7.9         18.6

vc-sv01  /storage/dblog        14.6       14.5        0.9

 

 

ゲスト OS が Windows の場合は、Path にはドライブ レター(C: など)が表示されます。

PowerCLI> .\get_guest_fs_usage.ps1 *win* | ft -AutoSize

 

VM        Path CapacityGB FreeSpaceGB UsagePCT

--        ---- ---------- ----------- --------

lab-win01 C:\  39.7       27.0        32.0

lab-win02 C:\  39.7       27.7        30.2

 

 

ちなみに、VMware Tools から情報取得できるので、

vCenter や vRealize Operations Manager でも、ゲスト OS のファイルシステム使用状況はわかります。

vrops-guest-fs-usage.png

 

PowerCLI でのゲスト OS の情報確認については下記もどうぞ。

PowerCLI で ゲスト OS の vNIC と IP アドレスの対応を確認してみる。

 

以上、PowerCLI でのゲスト OS 情報取得についてでした。

In the second world war, the ultimate target of the Nazi regime was the gold that belonged to the countries of Europe and other regions. Gold is a very precious metal, and during the time, it was a guarantee for national sovereignty. Even today, in the world of big money, gold is the most highly valued item that is traded in the market. Billions of dollars are made every day by speculators and traders manipulating the single market of this precious and divine commodity. It is a matter of concern to many from across the world ranging from the People’s Republic of China all the way to the United States everyone is asking the same simple question, where is the gold and who are the owners? In America, speculations have been made that gold is likely to be in Fort Knox; however, it begs the question of who owns the gold. Most people believe that there is a likelihood that most of the gold is not in Fort Knox. crypto 77 The fascinating fact about gold is that a hundred ounce of gold in the world financial centres like London, there may not be even one ounce of gold to back-up the transaction. An illusion has been created where a customer believes that they have an asset when in the real sense they don’t. It is thought that there is not a lot of gold in the world and if all of it were collected, it would only form a cube of 70 feet in height. However, the magic of gold still prevails throughout civilizations keeping us in its thrall. There has been an elite group of people from around the world who have valued gold more than paper money, and this has created a nightmare for most western bankers. India, Russia, and China conduct transactions in gold that go up to tonnes of gold being traded, the western nations have decided that the gold should remain in museums. On Wallstreet, gold is represented as a robust gold Monopoly set. In world’s most celebrated financial centres such as New York and London, the market for gold trade and transactions every day is estimated to be billions of dollars. The bullion banks are at the centre of all the drama happening because of the gold business and other precious metals. These are giant international banks that are licensed to deal in gold and other precious metals all around the world. Stories about some dealers in precious metals bragging about how they have used insider shredding to manipulate the prices of silver and gold is not a shocking matter in the business of gold. Even though traders have been seen to pop champagne worth thousands of dollars in celebration of bringing the price of precious metals down, it should not be forgotten that down the real line people are suffering. Gold markets are manipulated every day, and the result is inflation around the world especially in developing countries. In 2008, the economic crisis was reported to have originated from the market of precious commodities where some drop-in prices were experienced. What followed was people losing their jobs in the mining communities. For as long as gold maintains its intrinsic power, the market shall always be volatile and full of uncertainties.

A special event sponsored by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had Pastor Chris Oyakhilome as a guest. The event was a commemoration of the U.S. embassy being moved to the Holy city of Jerusalem and happened during Pastor Chris's 2018 Holy Land Tour; which garnered hundreds of followers from his church and others as well.

 

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome is quoted as saying: “Every Christian must love Israel because loving Israel is loving Jesus” while he lead this historic event in Israel.

The venue for this momentous event was the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and had several ambassadors and state representatives as special guests in attendance for this once in a lifetime occasion.

 

Prime Minister Netanyahu is a long time friend and supporter of evangelical Christians, even being quoted as saying:

 

“Evangelical Christians are Israel’s best friends”

 

This makes this moment all the grander as Christians unite under one banner to support their faith's land of origin during the 2018 Holy Land Tour.

 

Pastor Chris is no stranger to the Holy Tour or Israel as this is his third year leading the event along with the members of Believers’ LoveWorld (BLW). Founded in 1987 by Pastor Chris, BLW is a megachurch, also known as the Christ Embassy Church, that since its induction, is spanning continents. With thousands of churches and millions of members worldwide, it is no wonder that Pastor Chris' invitation to this event would garner such notoriety and attention. Pastor Chris has stated that this year is the year of the Supernatural, making the now annual visit to Israel more pertinent in the coming weeks.

 

This year will go down in the annals of history for Israel and as such the tour will showcase the need for those visiting during the Tour to have a mind, heart, and soul, dedicated to reflection, enlightenment, and inspiration, as this is a once in a lifetime moment in Israel.

 

The tour is a wonderful chance for believers in Christ to walk in his actual footsteps and to see every part of the Bible come to life as they journey throughout God's chosen land. Christians will begin to see their teachings and doctrine come to life in a landscape that most could only dream of. Pastor Chris' group will be providing guides to inform those on the tour of the historical aspects of each site as well as the biblical references that can be gleaned from them.

 

This is Israel's 70th year as an independent state and as such, Pastor Chris's Holy Land Tour could not have been more perfectly planned. Coinciding with the U.S. embassy being moved to the Holy city itself in Jerusalem, this year is one that will never happen again. As Pastor Chris Oyakhilome has stated in the past, the state and condition of Israel are pertinent to the fulfillment of biblical prophesy as the world embarks further into the future.


During the trip Pastor Chris also said: “Israel is more open now because it has embraced democracy, unlike its neighbours.”

I was doing a little bit of research to get the best lab setup for my learning and thought about Intel NUC to consider my physical hosts but quickly realized that it won’t be a good idea to have a bunch of physical hosts and dangling cables at my home. I didn’t feel the need for the on-prem lab as it was not offering me any additional benefits. So the only option left for me was to set up my VMware lab on the Public Cloud.

There were mainly 3 reasons for opting out a cloud-based solution.

  • Pay as you Go, the Capital cost of setting up the on-prem home lab was very high for me.

 

  • Scalability, ability to scale up/down compute resources is simply a cakewalk for us, all thanks to virtualization and cloud infrastructure. Scalability by default allows you to optimize your resources and results in an efficient infrastructure, However, that’s not the case with the hardware infrastructure.

 

  • Hardware refresh, a typical lifecycle of any hardware is around 3-5 years and after that, it requires an upgrade to catch up with the trend. It is certainly not a good idea to have a bunch of hardware (Host, switches, Routers etc.) and periodically upgrading them. you simply can’t afford hardware maintenance cost just to keep your Lab infrastructure running.

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#Ravello

Ravello was a startup founded by few KVM hypervisor developers and after that, it was acquired by Oracle. The unique ability of nested virtualization provided by #ravello allows us to host ESXi as a virtual machine on HVX hypervisor. I guess it is the only cloud provider which is offering nested virtualization thus becoming the only option for hosting VMware home lab on the public cloud. I figured it out about Ravello a few months back but at that time Ravello offering was not available for trial in India. However, the good news is that it’s now available for 30 days trial and has very competitive rates. It provides all the key feature which requires you to get started.

The interesting thing which I liked most about Ravello is, it provides key network services like DNS, DHCP, L2/L3 networking layer, VLAN and firewall services on the fly, Which essentially means that you can save few $$$ by not to deploy additional VM just to use these services for your lab environment.

As of today, I am able to setup 3 ESXi hosts, 1 VCSA 6.5, and a windows server 2016. Able to quickly configure my lab environment with public IPs so that I can seamlessly access all my workloads over the internet as an when required. In fact, I was impressed with the new ESX #H5client which was accessible on my smartphone and giving seamless experience on my mobile phone though it’s not a required thing for production infrastructure.

Take a look at below screenshot of ESXi which was accessed over the internet on a mobile browser.

Lab

The plan is to build this lab environment with different use cases, test vSphere upgrades with different test scenarios, and to build/test cloud-based automation solutions around it. I will keep sharing interesting use cases and “how to” stuff as I go along with this.

Feel free to post your queries, feedback or suggestions on “Virtual Reality”

Thanks,https://jatinpurohit.wordpress.com/2018/05/18/vmware-home-lab-ravello/

     Today, I wanted to spend some time returning to a basic principle of vRealize Automation (vRA) which is central to creating customized request forms and limiting blueprint sprawl. This is also a subject which is often requested from users. Unfortunately, those unfamiliar with vRA often think this type of customization requires other forms of complex, expensive integrations or even worse, long professional services engagements. Specifically what I’m talking about is the ability to generate drop-down lists when requesting a catalog item, as well as make those drop-downs dynamic in nature. In this article, I will provide a basic overview of how these work, why they’re useful, and how you can easily create these drop-down menus yourself.

 

     Within vRA, the ability to customize the look and operation of request forms is paramount to its success as a Cloud Management Platform (CMP). When “doing cloud,” some customers have basic needs while others are extremely complex. This wild difference in utilization requires a CMP that is flexible and can be easily extended. One of the most basic ways to provide such an extension is to allow users some form of choice during their request, and the most common way of providing that choice is through a drop-down menu which offers different options.

 

 

 

Suppose you wanted to provide your users a choice at request time allowing them to select an application to provision. While you could certainly hard-code this information in your blueprint, you would be required to offer every choice in a separate blueprint. Based on what you see here, that would be nine separate blueprints. The alternative is to create one blueprint and allow nine possible selections through a drop-down menu. If you’re reading this, you probably agree that one blueprint is simpler.

 

This all is good, but how is it possible to create these lists? I’m glad to show you how!

 

One of the core tenets of vRealize Automation is its extensibility and furthermore its flexibility. An often-overlooked mechanism central to enabling this is known as custom properties. These properties are key-value pairs that can be attached all throughout vRA and provide a rich metadata engine which can then be used to either label things, or to make active decisions based on them. For information on the out-of-the-box, supported custom properties, refer to the official reference guide here (PDF).

 

Referring back to my previous screenshot that showed applications as an example, I might have a custom property named CZ.Application whose value might equal Apache when I select “Apache” from the drop-down list. When the catalog request is selected, which is ultimately a vRA blueprint, this input form would be presented to the end user. When Apache was selected and the form was submitted, the result would look like CZ.Application = Apache.  This metadata then follows the deployment through the various pipes within vRA and vRealize Orchestrator (vRO). As it is passed from one internal system to the next, each process can see this key-value pair that has been assigned.  Since vRA is machine lifecycle aware (thanks largely to the Event Broker), we can automatically perform actions based on the custom properties’ presence and/or value tied to specific lifecycle states. For example, you might want to land virtual machines that get Apache installed on them in a different cluster than those which get installed with SQL. Since Apache and SQL are different values for the CZ.Application key, it would then be possible to perform different operations based upon each one.

 

Let’s begin by looking at the simplest form of drop-downs and how to create them.

 

 

Lesson 1: Static Values

 

In order to create the most common type of drop-down, which is a static list, we must create a new custom property. From the vRA console, navigate to Administration -> Property Dictionary -> Property Definitions. Click the green plus symbol to create a new custom property.

 

The name is, you guessed it, the name of the custom property. This is the key portion of the key-value pair.

 

The label is a user-friendly word or phrase only users will see in the request form—it has no actual value otherwise.

 

Text populated in the Description field will appear as a tooltip if a user hovers over an icon to the right of the field in the request form. This is useful to give them some direction so they know what to select.

 

Visibility describes which tenant has access to this custom property, and that can either be all tenants or just this one.

 

The display order decides how this custom property should show up (if you decide it should in the first place) on the request form.

 

Data type is what type of values are eligible to be included. I’m only going to be covering the most common type in this article: string.

 

Required means the field must have a value in order to allow the request to be submitted.

 

And the display is how this gets visualized on the request form. This article is specifically about dropdowns, so select that from the list (which is, of course, a drop-down).

 

Values allow us to statically define each and every value (the value part of the key-value pair this time) manually, or to get them from another source. For now, go with static list. We’ll come back here later.

 

And in the list itself, you can begin to define those values. The name is what users will see in the request form, and the value is what will become the value of the custom property name.

 

 

 

For example, I’ve created one we’ll build upon in this article called CZ.Continents. The list contains four static entries. A user will see “North America” in the drop-down list and, if selected, the value will be set to NA. When the user then submits the request, the key-value of CZ.Continents will equal NA and follow the request through the vRA system.

 

Once this custom property is saved, you will have a new definition in the dictionary. Let’s go and now attach this custom property to a blueprint to see its effect.

 

Click the gear icon when in the blueprint canvas editor to bring up the properties menu for the blueprint itself.

 

Navigate to the Properties tab at the top, and then the Custom Properties sub-tab on the bottom. Add a new property and find yours in the list. Make sure to check the box “Show in Request” so it is visible on the request form. Click OK -> OK -> Finish to save the updates to your blueprint and go to the catalog to see how your request looks.

 

 

 

Congratulations! You’ve just created your first drop-down selection list!

 

Static drop-downs are nice in that they’re suitable for smaller, simpler selection lists. They can be maintained within vRA, and are reusable in a custom property. However, some of the detractions are that they must be statically maintained and cannot be actioned upon when chained together so that the value of one influences the display of another drop-down. This is when dynamic drop-downs come into play, as well as a huge misunderstanding regarding the product. Let me say that more plainly:  To create dynamic drop-down lists, you do not need another third-party product!

 

And for those familiar with SovLabsProperty Toolkit, this functionality may seem similar but they are actually quite different and achieve different effects. While dynamic drop-downs provide options to end-users at request time that still require explicit selection, Property Toolkit predetermines that choice in the background, removing the need for users to make any selection at all.  Through abilities such as property synthesis and dynamic property sets, the Property Toolkit allows custom properties to be set in an automated and templated fashion that does not rely upon drop-down lists.

 

Now that some of the confusion has been put to rest, let’s explain dynamic drop-downs a little better building upon our previous example of Continents.

 

 

Lesson 2: Dynamic Values

 

 

     Assume you wanted multiple selection lists in a single blueprint. Each custom property is capable of storing its own list of static values, but they aren’t aware of what was selected in them. So although I might have a field called “Continents” I may need a second one called “Countries” which list the countries based on the prior selection. For example, if I selected North America from the list of Continents, I would expect to only see a filtered list of countries in the following selection list. It would be fairly useless if I was able to select a country outside of North America. This is what we mean by dynamic drop-downs: The presentation of values in a subsequent list is influenced by the selection of an earlier value and so on. This is where we have to involve vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) because vRA and more specifically, simple static lists are not capable of performing logic. That logic is in the form of “if this then these” in the case of multiple options or “if this then this” in the case of just a single one. By using vRO, which comes baked into vRA and which you own as a part of it, we can craft “Actions.” Actions are reusable scripting components in vRO that are able to understand this flow of logic and respond programmatically.

 

An Action is nothing more than a script (written in JavaScript) which takes some inputs, transforms them based on the code you write, and then returns an output. The input can and very probably is the value of a prior selection you made, and the output can be a list of things that are only based on that input. In so doing, we can present dynamic lists of values. Let us go through the process of creating and then consuming these Actions.

 

     For access to Actions, we need access to vRO. I’m assuming in this article you are at least familiar with vRO, have permissions to login to it, and know how and where to login. If this isn’t information you know at this point, please see the relevant vRealize Automation documentation for your version. Once logged in using the vRO client, enter into Design mode from the drop-down list to the right of the logo.

 

Click on the gear icon to enter the Actions inventory list. Right-click on the vRO object at the top of the tree and create a new module. A module is effectively a folder into which we store Actions.

 

Modules are commonly named in reverse DNS format, likely as vestiges of the earliest ties to Java in which this was a common practice. We’ll follow suit and name ours similarly.

 

Now that we have our module, we can begin to create Actions. Right-click on your module (folder) and select Add action. Give it a name. I’ll call this one “Countries”.

 

Click the pencil icon to edit your new Action. Flip over to the Scripting tab. This is where the magic happens!

 

The Scripting tab contains information the Action needs to perform its decision-making process. It does this by taking an input, doing something with that input, and then giving you an output in return. There are three steps we must complete in order to properly build this action so we can then consume it in vRA. See the screenshot below for an example of the Scripting tab and the steps we’ll outline going from top to bottom.

 

 

 

First, we must define the return type. The return type is the type of output we are telling the Action it must provide. There are all different types within vRO, so don’t get overwhelmed when you see the list. The one we’ll be dealing with is Array/string. This is essentially a list of different strings, because we in turn have to populate a drop-down box—a list, that is.

 

Second, we have to give it an input. After all, we can’t do work if we’re not told what to work “on”. Click the right arrow icon to add an input. Call it what you like, but make it a type of string. In my example, since we plan to deliver back a list of cities, we have to take in the name of a continent. Make sense?

 

And finally, we have to tell the Action what it needs to do and then hand back. In my screenshot, I’ve deliberately expanded this text so it’s friendlier on novice eyes and easier to read and decipher. And not to worry, I’m not expecting you to type all of this out. I’m not even asking you to copy and paste. At the end of the article, you’ll get all the actions you see here so you may easily import them to quickly get up and running with some dynamic drop-downs in your own vRA environment. That said, here’s the script block if you wish to follow along and try your hand at creating an Action.

 

if (continent == "" || continent == null){
return ["Please select a continent first."];}
if (continent == "NA"){
return [
"United States",
"Canada",
"Mexico"
];}
if (continent == "SA"){
return [
"Chile",
"Brazil",
"Argentina"
];}
if (continent == "Europe"){
return [
"France",
"Italy",
"Germany"
];}
if (continent == "Asia"){
return [
"China",
"Japan",
"Vietnam"
];}

 

 

The logic is pretty simple. In human readable prose, we’re saying the following:

 

  1. If the continent name is blank, let the user know they must select one first.
  2. If the continent is NA (for North America), return United States, Canada, and Mexico.
  3. If the continent is SA (for South America), return Chile, Brazil, and Argentina.
  4. If the continent is Europe, return France, Italy, and Germany.
  5. If the continent is Asia, return China, Japan, and Vietnam.

 

So in each case, the input is the name of the continent, and the output is a list of three different strings, hence the need for an array of strings back in step number one.

 

Once you’re satisfied that all is well, Save and Close this Action. If you’ve made any errors that render this script unparseable, vRO should let you know so you can go back and fix it. With that done, let’s now turn over to vRA and add this Action to a new custom property for Countries that generates our list dynamically rather than from a static list of values.

 

Create a new custom property just like we did with CZ.Continents. Everything can be the same except for one important selection. For Values, choose the radio button for External values as opposed to Static list.

 

When you make this change, you’ll see two new portions revealed: Script action and Input parameters. Click the Change button under Script action which will bring up a window that shows all available modules from vRO and the eligible Actions within them. You should be able to locate the new Action you created.

 

If you do *not* see your new Action, edit it inside the vRO client and ensure you set the return type as Array/string. vRA filters all Actions within vRO to only display those that return types which are compatible with a custom property definition, and if the return type isn’t compatible it will be absent.

 

Click OK once you’ve found and selected your action to be brought back to the custom property definition. When you’re there, you’ll now notice it has pulled in your input. Highlight this input, click the Edit button, and check the Bind box. With a binding, we are telling the input to grab the value from another custom property. This is how we tie (or bind) two or more custom properties together where the value of one feeds the input of another.

 

 

Select your custom property for Continents, click OK, then click OK to save your new custom property definition. Once that’s done and you have your new Countries custom property, go back to your blueprint and add this one to the existing one for Continents. Remember to show it in request. Mine now looks like this.

 

 

 

From here, let’s go back and request this catalog item to see how it works!

 

 

 

 

Cool! So we now have two drop-down lists in the request form, each one originating from a different custom property. The Continent property is, if you remember, a static list of values we defined while the new Country property is a dynamic one being executed as a vRO Action. When I selected “Europe” for the Continent field, I am only presented with the three options that pertain to Europe and nothing else. If I change that value to “Asia” that list filters out countries only in Asia. Pretty slick, isn’t it?!

 

     Now that we have two custom properties supplying drop-down menus with one being static and another being dynamic, let’s chain one more dynamic drop-down to this form to filter out at an even more granular level. Create a new one called “Cities” that connects to Countries and dynamically presents the cities for a given country. I won’t give away all the answers this time except for the code you can use to practice. If you’d like to skip the lesson, the Action has been pre-built for you and is available as a download at the end of this article. The order is:

 

  1. Create new vRO action.
  2. Create new custom property consuming new vRO Action.
  3. Bind the input to Countries.
  4. Add custom property to blueprint and show in request.
  5. Provision.

 

If you’d like to make your own JavaScript from Countries to re-use in Cities, feel free. Otherwise, I’ll provide a block for you here.

 

 

if (country == "" || country == null){
return ["Please select a country first."];}
//North America
if (country == "United States"){
return ["New York","Atlanta","Chicago"
     ];}
if (country == "Canada"){
return ["Toronto","Ottowa","Montreal"
     ];}
if (country == "Mexico"){
return ["Mexico City","Monterrey","Tijuana"
     ];}
//South America
if (country == "Chile"){
return ["Santiago","Valdivia","Pucón"
     ];}
if (country == "Brazil"){
return ["Rio de Janeiro","São Paulo","Salvador"
     ];}
if (country == "Argentina"){
return ["Bueons Aires","Córdoba","Rosario"
     ];}
//Europe
if (country == "France"){
return ["Paris","Lyon","Nice"
     ];}
if (country == "Italy"){
return ["Rome","Venice","Milan"
     ];}
if (country == "Germany"){
return ["Berlin","Munich","Hamburg"
     ];}
//Asia
if (country == "China"){
return ["Shanghai","Beijing","Tianjin"
     ];}
if (country == "Japan"){
return ["Tokyo","Osaka","Yokohama"
     ];}
if (country == "Vietnam"){
return ["Ho Chi Minh City","Hanoi","Da Nang"
     ];}

 

 

Take a few minutes now to go through the steps we outlined earlier and create the various objects within vRA and vRO and connect the pieces in your blueprint.

 

If you’re done, hopefully you’ve checked your request form and it looks something like this.

 

(**Multiple images removed to fit this blog**)

 

If you got this result, a hearty congratulations! You now should have the hang of static lists within custom properties as well as using vRO Actions to create fully dynamic drop-downs. But there’s still one more twist I want to throw in here. While these static and dynamic drop-downs create lots of flexibility in your request forms and reusability in your blueprints, sometimes it isn’t possible to record these values either in vRA or in vRO. In many cases, you might already have a source for these lists and need to present that list as-is in vRealize Automation. This is especially true if the list resides in a secondary system of record such as a database where other applications and processes must have access to insert, update, and delete data directly. It is still possible to use these external sources to provide the data for a drop-down, and this is the third and final use case I want to show for drop-downs: harvesting content from a database.

 

Lesson 3: External Values

 

     In the case of a database, you have data that resides within a table that you wish to pull out and present as your dynamic list. When new data is entered, updated, or deleted, no changes are necessary in either vRA or vRO because the source of truth lies external to both of those systems. I’ll illustrate how you can easily connect the plumbing, similar to the second lesson on dynamic drop-downs, but this time to an external Microsoft SQL Database instead!

 

To start, ensure you have an existing MS SQL database to work with and have sufficient credentials and network connectivity from vRO to connect to it. You will also need to know the table and column from which you want the data pulled. With those things in hand, return to the vRO client.

 

From the Run menu, access the Workflows inventory tree, and browse to Library -> JDBC -> JDBC URL generator.

 

In order to connect to that SQL database, we need to get a proper URL that has all the various pieces and parts to direct communication to the right server, instance, and database. We will reuse the URL in the next step. Run the JDBC URL generator workflow.

 

 

In the first step, we need to fill out the form with the type of database (SQL Server/MSDE for Microsoft’s), the hostname where the database is run, the name of the actual database, and credentials to connect. In this lesson, I’ve created a very basic SQL database called “MyContinents” with a single table containing, yep, a list of continents.

 

 

On the second and final step, provide the database instance name if it’s something other than the default of MSSQLSERVER, and the domain of the user supplied earlier. If you do not know the instance name of your SQL server, you can find this, among other places, in the list of Windows services.

 

Once you submit the workflow and it succeeds (if it did not, go back and check the values you provided), check the Logs tab of the completed workflow. The message shown contains the URL we will use in just a second.

 

[2018-05-10 20:38:56.622] [I] Connection String: jdbc:jtds:sqlserver://sql2014.zoller.com:1433/MyContinents;domain=zoller.com

[2018-05-10 20:38:56.668] [I] Connection to database successful

 

In this case, the connection URL we want to copy is the part beginning with jdbc:jtds:sqlserver://. Everything you see highlighted above, copy for use in the next workflow. We can also see the test connection was successful.

 

With this JDBC URL in hand, navigate to Library -> SQL -> Configuration -> Add a database.

 

Run the workflow. For the name, it’s best to call it the same name as the database to which you’re connecting. Select MS SQL for the type, and paste in that JDBC URL you received in the last workflow.

 

 

Click Next and leave Shared Session the default while entering the username (without domain information) and password. A Shared Session will ensure that the query is always executed with the same credentials no matter who is pushing buttons inside the vRA portal.

 

 

Click Submit and watch it go. When it completes successfully, flip over in your vRO client to the Inventory tab. Find and expand SQL Plug-in, and make sure you can see your newly-added database and any tables and columns.

 

 

Again, mine is very simple for illustration purposes, so I have but a single table with a single column. Ultimately we only need these three things to start pulling data.

 

Once you’re satisfied with your database configuration, it’s time to create the new Action. This one will have three inputs because we want to be able to supply database, table, and column all from within vRA without having to manually update JavaScript. This makes the Action extremely simple to connect and very quick to update if we later wanted to connect to a different database. The JavaScript is a little more complex here, so I’ll save you the trouble in attempting to figure it out. Simply copy-and-paste from the code block below or, better still, download the Action I’ve pre-built for you.

 

Here’s the code we’ll use to pull in values from a specified column within a table. Comments, denoted by double forward slashes are generously placed so it’s easy for you to identify exactly what the following code attempts to do.

 

 

//Find the name of the database from inputDB and convert it to a SQL:Database type.
var databases = SQLDatabaseManager.getDatabases();
var database = null;
for each (var thisdb in databases) {
 if (thisdb.name == inputDB) {
     database = thisdb;
     break;
 }
}
//Build the SQL query statement which searches the input database within the specified table and returns results from only the inputColumn name. 
var query = "";
query += "SELECT ";
query += inputColumn;
query += " FROM ";
query += inputDB;
query += ".dbo.";
query += inputTable;
//Execute the query, then store the results in an array. Return the array at the very end.
var list = thisdb.readCustomQuery(query)
var results = new Array ();
var d, i;
for (i = 0; i < list.length; i++) {
     d = list[i][inputColumn];
     results.push(d);
     }
return results

 

Now we can head into vRA and create a new custom property that calls this Action. Since my database is called MyContinents, and contains the same list of continents that was stored in the static list, let’s swap out that static list custom property for this one that pulls from an external SQL database.

 

 

From the Property Definitions section, I’ll create a new one called CZ.DB.Continents which uses this action. Because we defined three inputs on the Action, we must supply three values for those inputs here.

 

 

 

Note that we do not bind these inputs because we’re telling it directly which database, table, and column to use. From there, the Action knows what to fetch and return.

 

With this complete, there is one last step and that is to swap out the custom property binding of our Countries property so it keys off this new custom property and not the first one we created with static values. Edit your Countries property now to update the binding. Don’t forget to edit your blueprint to remove the static list of Continents and supply this new custom property that pulls them from the database.

 

If you go back to your request form, you should now see that your Continents custom property is pulling in those names directly from your external SQL database.

 

 

Very cool, indeed! You’ll also find that if you updated your bindings, your cascading properties with dynamic drop-downs continue to work as before. The best part about this Action is it is super simple to either reconfigure your existing custom property to point to a new column, table, and database; but it’s just as easy to create a new custom property and supply different values—all while not needing to return to vRO to manipulate code.

 

Conclusion

    

     During the course of this tutorial, I’ve introduced custom properties and briefly explained their function. We then took a look at a simple custom property which statically defines its values in a list and showed how that list can be leveraged at request time. From there, we discussed vRealize Orchestrator in the context of Actions and how, through scriptable tasks, they can dynamically supply values of further drop-down selection lists. Finally, I illustrated how it is possible to pull those reference values into a drop-down list from an external data source, specifically a Microsoft SQL database.

 

     I hope this has been a helpful and, above all, informative article that helps you grasp the concept of drop-down lists in vRA. Furthermore I hope this arms you with some good tools (Actions) you can download and put to work in your own environment, instantly delivering value! If you did not enjoy this, maybe keep that to yourself. (Only kidding, of course.) Either way, I’d love to hear your feedback whether that’s positive or negative, so feel free to reach out to me on Twitter (@chipzoller). Good luck making your CMP more valuable, feature-rich, and flexible.

 

P.S. – For a vRO Package containing all three Actions covered in this tutorial, download it from VMware {code} here. If you’d like a quick article illustrating how to import a vRO package, see this blog. If you’re only interested in the Action illustrated in Lesson 3, see this page.

vRealize Automation 7.3 Postgres Database Automatic Failover Scenarios

 

when three appliances are deployed and synchronous replication is configured for them in vRA 7.3, PostgreSQL database failover is automatic works.

if there is a problem with the vRealize Automation appliance Postgres database in vRA7.2.  you  need to do manually fail over to a replica vRealize Automation appliance node in the cluster.

vRealize Automation uses the PostgreSQL master-replica model to support data replication. This means that all the database nodes work in a cluster with one leading node, known as the master, and several replicating nodes, known as replicas. The master node handles all database requests and the replica nodes stream and replay transactions from the master locally.

 

Three Node ( vRA 7.3 ) Auto Failover Scenarios

 

Scenario 1: Single Node Failure Scenarios

 

A- Master Node Fails

Normal Behavior

•The configured sync replica node becomes the master and automatically picks up appliance database functionality.

•The potential sync replica becomes the sync standby node.

•The vRealize Automation deployment functions in read only mode until the automatic failover completes.

Next Step

•When the former master is recovered, it will be reset as replica automatically by the failover agent repair logic. No manual action is required.

•If the former master cannot be recovered, manually set the appliance database to asynchronous mode.

 

B-The Sync Replica Fails

Normal Behavior

•The vRealize Automation deployment experiences no downtime. There will be a delay of a couple of seconds for database requests until the potential replica becomes the new sync replica. The appliance database performs this action automatically.

Next Step

•When the former synch replica comes online, it will become a potential replica automatically. No manual action is required.

•If the former sync replica cannot be repaired, manually set the appliance database to asynchronous mode.

 

C-Potential Replica Fails

Normal Behavior

No deployment downtime.

Next Step

•When the former potential replica comes online, it becomes a potential replica automatically. No manual action is required.

•If the former potential replica cannot be repaired, set the appliance database to asynchronous mode.

 

Scenario 2- Two Node Failure Scenarios

If two out of the three nodes fail same time , vRealize Automation switches to read only mode until a manual repair is performed.

A- Master Node and Potential Replica Fail

Normal Behavior

•The sync replica is not promoted to master automatically. vRealize Automation will switch to read only mode until a manual promotion is performed.

Next Step

•Manual action is required. Set the appliance database to asynchronous mode.

•When the master and potential replica are recovered, manually set them to synchronize against the new master. At that point, you can switch vRealize Automation back to synchronous mode.

•When two out of three nodes are down at the same time, vRealize Automation will switch to read-only mode until you effect a manual repair. If only one database node is available, switch your deployment to asynchronous mode.

 

B-  Sync and Potential Replicas Fail

 

Normal Behavior

•The master is unable to process read/write transactions. vRealize Automation functions in read only mode until a manual repair is performed.

 

Next Step

•Manual promotion is required. Set the appliance database to asynchronous mode.

•When the sync and potential replicas are recovered, they should be manually reset to synchronize against the master. At this point, you can switch vRealize Automation back to synchronous mode.

•When two out of three nodes are down simultaneously, vRealize Automation will switch to read-only mode until you effect a manual repair. If only one database node is available, switch your deployment to asynchronous mode.

 

 

 

Scenario 3 - Link failure happens between NODES

 

If a link failure occurs among nodes on a distributed deployment, the automatic failover agent attempts to repair the configuration.

 

A-Link Failure between SITE A and SITE B, but all 3 nodes are UP and ONLINE

Site A: Master and potential replica

Site B: Sync replica

Normal Behavior

•No downtime for the vRealize Automation deployment. The potential replica automatically becomes the sync replica

Next Step

•No manual action is required.

 

B-Link Failure between SITE A and SITE B, but all 3 nodes are UP and ONLINE

Site A: Master

Site B: Sync and potential replica

 

Normal Behavior

•Sync replica becomes the master and automatically picks up appliance database functionality. Automatic failover agent promotes the potential replica to become the new sync replica. vRealize Automation deployment operates in read only mode until this promotion completes.

 

Next Step

•No manual action is required. When the link is recovered, the automatic failover agent resets the former master as replica.

Dell Technology World 2018 Part I Announcement Summary

Dell Technology World 2018 Announcement Summary

 

This is part one of a five-part series about Dell Technology World 2018 announcement summary. Last week (April 30-May 3) I traveled to Las Vegas Nevada (LAS) to attend  Dell Technology World 2018 (e.g., DTW 2018) as a guest of Dell (that is a disclosure btw). There were several announcements along with plenty of other activity from sessions, meetings, hallway and event networking taking place at Dell Technology World DTW 2018.

 

Major  data infrastructure technology announcements include:

  • PowerMax all-flash array (AFA)  solid state device (SSD)  NVMe storage system
  • PowerEdge four-socket 2U and 4U rack servers
  • XtremIO X2 AFA SSD storage system updates
  • PowerEdge MX preview of future composable servers
  • Desktop and thin client along with other VDI updates
  • Cloud and networking enhancements
  • VMware Cloud and related updates

 

Besides the above, additional data infrastructure related announcements were made in association with Dell Technology family members including VMware along with other partners, as well as customer awards. Other updates and announcements were tied to business updates from Dell Technology, Dell Technical Capital (venture capital), and, Dell Financial Services.

 

Dell Technology World Buzzword Bingo Lineup

Some of the buzzword bingo terms, topics, acronyms from Dell Technology World 2018 included AFA, AI, Autonomous, Azure, Bare Metal, Big Data, Blockchain, CI, Cloud, Composable, Compression, Containers, Core, Data Analytics, Dedupe, Dell, DFS (Dell Financial Services), DFR (Data Footprint Reduction), Distributed Ledger, DL, Durability, Fabric, FPGA, GDPR, Gen-Z, GPU, HCI, HDD, HPC, Hybrid, IOP, Kubernetes, Latency, MaaS (Metal as a Service), ML, NFV, NSX, NVMe, NVMeoF, PACE (Performance Availability Capacity Economics), PCIe, Pivotal, PMEM, RAID, RPO, RTO, SAS, SATA, SC, SCM, SDDC, SDS, Socket, SSD, Stamp, TBW (Terabytes Written per day), VDI, venture capital, VMware and VR among others.

 

Dell Technology World 2018 Venue
Dell Technology World DTW 2018 Event and Venue

 

Dell Technology World 2018 was located at the combined  Palazzo and Venetian hotels along with adjacent Sands Expo center kicking off Monday, April 30th and wrapping up May 4th.

The theme for Dell Technology World DTW 2018 was "make it real", which in some ways was interesting given the focus on virtual including virtual reality (VR), software-defined data center (SDDC) virtualization,  data infrastructure topics, along with artificial intelligence (AI).

 

Virtual Sky Dell Technology World 2018
Make it real – Venetian Palazzo St. Mark’s Square on the way to Sands Expo Center

 

There was plenty of AI, VR, SDDC along with other technologies, tools as well as some fun stuff to do including VR games.

 

Dell Technology World 2018 Commons Area
Dell Technology World Village Area near Key Note and Expo Halls

 

Dell Technology World 2018 Commons Area Drones
Dell Technology World Drone Flying Area

 

During a break from some meetings, I used a few minutes to fly a drone using VR which was interesting. I Have been  operating drones (See some videos here) visually without dependence on the first-person view (FPV) or relying on extensive autonomous operations instead flying heads up by hand for several years. Needless to say, the VR was interesting, granted encountered a bit of vertigo that I had to get used to.

 

Dell Technology World 2018 Commons Area Virtual Village
More views of the Dell Technology World Village and Commons Area with VR activity

 

Dell Technology World 2018 Commons Area Virtual Village
Dell Technology World Village and VR area

 

Dell Technology World 2018 Commons Area Virtual Village
Dell Technology World Bean Bag Area

 

Dell Technology World 2018 Announcement Summary

Ok, nuff with the AI, ML, DL, VR fun, time to move on to the business and technology topics of Dell Technologies World 2018.

 

What was announced at Dell Technology World 2018 included among others:

 

Dell Technology World 2018 PowerMax
Dell PowerMax Front View

 

Subsequent posts in this series take a deeper look at the various announcements as well as what they mean.

 

Where to learn more

Learn more about Dell Technology World 2018 and related topics via the following links:

 

Additional  learning experiences along with  common questions (and answers), as well as  tips can be found in  Software Defined Data Infrastructure Essentials book.

 

  Software Defined Data Infrastructure Essentials Book SDDC

What this all means

On the surface it may appear that there was not much announced at Dell Technology World 2018 particular compared to some of the recent Dell EMC Worlds and EMC Worlds. However turns out that there was a lot announced, granted without some of the entertainment and circus like atmosphere of previous events.  Continue reading here Part II Dell Technology World 2018 Modern Data Center Announcement Details in this series, along with  Part III herePart IV here (including PowerEdge MX composable infrastructure leveraging Gen-Z) and  Part V (servers and converged) here.

 

Ok, nuff said, for now.

 

Cheers Gs

In vsphere 6.0 some time we can see , through thick client we can see inventory but web-client empty

 

This is because of heap size on web-client

 

Increase heap size

 

In Windows, locate the file C:\Program Files\VMware\vCenter Server\visl-integration\usr\sbin)

\cloudvm-ram-size.bat and run:

 

 

https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/2150757

cloudvm-ram-size.bat -C XXX vspherewebclientsvc (where XXX is the desired heap size in MB).

 

 

https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/2150757

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